MAFS.6.SP.2.5

Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:
  1. Reporting the number of observations.
  2. Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.
  3. Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
  4. Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered.
General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics
Grade: 6
Domain-Subdomain: Statistics & Probability
Cluster: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Cluster: Summarize and describe distributions. (Additional Cluster) -

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/14
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications

  • Assessment Limits :
    Displays should include only dot/line plots, box plots, or histograms.
  • Calculator :

    No

  • Context :

    Required

Sample Test Items (5)
  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: Tim drives the Grand Avenue bus route. The total number of people who ride the bus each week for 5 weeks is shown in the data table.

     

    What is the range of the number of people who ride the bus each week?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 2
  • Question: Alex found the mean number of food cans that were donated by students for the canned food drive at Epping Middle School. Alex’s work is shown.

     

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    How many students donated food cans?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 3
  • Question: Tim drives the Grand Avenue bus route. The total number of people who ride the bus each week for 5 weeks is shown in the data table.

     

    What is the interquartile range of the data?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 4
  • Question: A dot plot shows the number of cans students at Epping Middle School collected for a canned food drive.

     

    Select all the options that describe the best measure of center to represent the data in the dot plot. 

     

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MS: Multiselect

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 5
  • Question: A line plot shows the number of cans a class of students at Epping Middle School collected for a canned food drive.

     

    How many students collected cans of food?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1205010: M/J Grade 6 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1205020: M/J Grade 6 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2020, 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
2002040: M/J Comprehensive Science 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2002050: M/J Comprehensive Science 1, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2001010: M/J Earth/Space Science (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2001020: M/J Earth/Space Science, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2000010: M/J Life Science (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2000020: M/J Life Science, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2003010: M/J Physical Science (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
1204000: M/J Foundational Skills in Mathematics 6-8 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100010: M/J United States History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100015: M/J United States History & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100020: M/J United States History Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100025: M/J United States History Advanced & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100030: M/J Florida History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2103010: M/J World Geography (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2103015: M/J World Geography (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2103016: M/J World Geography & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2103020: M/J World Geography, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2103030: M/J Geography: Asia, Oceania, Africa (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2104000: M/J Social Studies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2105020: M/J World Cultures (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2105025: M/J World Cultures & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2109010: M/J World History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2109020: M/J World History, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
7812015: Access M/J Grade 6 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
7820015: Access M/J Comprehensive Science 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
2103017: M/J World Geography and Digital Technologies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2104010: M/J Engaged Citizenship through Service Learning 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2104020: M/J Engaged Citizenship through Service Learning 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2100045: M/J United States History & Civics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
7912110: Fundamental Explorations in Mathematics 1 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2017 (course terminated))
2003030: M/J STEM Physical Science (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2002200: M/J STEM Environmental Science (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2001025: M/J STEM Astronomy and Space Science (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
2000025: M/J STEM Life Science (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MAFS.6.SP.2.AP.5a: Collect real-world data by surveying.
MAFS.6.SP.2.AP.5b: Plot the data.
MAFS.6.SP.2.AP.5c: Define the mean, mode, and range of the data.

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Assessments

Sample 4 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Sample 3 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Sample 2 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Formative Assessments

Quiz Mean and Deviation:

Students are asked to calculate measures of center and variability, identify outliers, and interpret the meaning of each in context.

Type: Formative Assessment

Florida Lakes:

Students are given a histogram and are asked to describe the variable under investigation and the number of observations.

Type: Formative Assessment

Select the Better Measure:

Students are asked to select the better measure of center and variability to describe each of two distributions of data.

Type: Formative Assessment

Analyzing Physical Activity:

Students are asked to calculate measures of center and variability, identify extreme values, and interpret the meaning of each in context.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Sea Ice Analysis Grade 6:

The changing climate is an important topic for both scientific analysis and worldly knowledge. This lesson uses data collected by the National Snow and Ice Data Center to create and use statistical analysis as a tool to evaluate the mean and variation from the mean of sea ice loss.

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Sensoring Data:

In this follow up lesson, students will explore data collection using the weather station sensor and perform statistical analysis of the data. Students will use a scientific method of inquiry to plan an investigation of their own. This activity is meant to allow students to use a variety of skills they have acquired throughout a statistics unit in a personally meaningful way.

Type: Lesson Plan

Measurement and Data Collection:

In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will practice the skill of data collection with a variety of tools and by statistically analyzing the class data sets will begin to understand that error is inherent in all data.

This lesson uses the Hip Sciences Sensor Wand and Temperature Probe. Please refer to the corresponding Hip Science Sensor Guide(s) for information on using the sensor.

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Cool Special Effects:

In this MEA, students will apply the concepts of heat transfer, especially convection. Students will analyze factors such as temperature that affect the behavior of fluids as they form convection currents.

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Measurement Data Error:

In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will practice the skill of data collection with a variety of tools and by statistically analyzing the class data sets will begin to understand that error is inherent in all data.

Type: Lesson Plan

Measurement and Data Collection:

In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will practice the skill of data collection with a variety of tools and by statistically analyzing the class data sets will begin to understand that error is inherent in all data.

This lesson uses the Hip Sciences Sensor Wand and Temperature Probe. Please refer to the corresponding Hip Science Sensor Guide(s) for information on using the sensor.

Type: Lesson Plan

Preventing Lake Erosion:

How can you save your house on the lake? This is a three-day activity that will reinforce science skills, math skills, and technology skills by taking the students through the design process to create a solution to the real-world problem of lake erosion.

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Crash Test Dummies:

Students will investigate inertia and Newton's laws of motion by completing an engineering challenge. Students will first investigate how mass affects the inertia of a person riding in a car that comes to a sudden stop. After analyzing the data and discussing the results, students will be asked to design a seat belt that will keep their clay person in the car without sustaining an "injury."

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Sensoring Data:

In this follow up lesson, students will explore data collection using the weather station sensor and perform statistical analysis of the data. Students will use a scientific method of inquiry to plan an investigation of their own. This activity is meant to allow students to use a variety of skills they have acquired throughout a statistics unit in a personally meaningful way.

Type: Lesson Plan

Grapevine Fabrication Part 2:

This lesson is a Follow Up Activity to the Algebra Institute and allows students to collect data to perform basic statistical operations to analyze and make comparisons on variability within a certain brand of raisins. Part 1 must be completed prior to starting Part 2. This investigation can elicit discussion about manufacturing and quality control.

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Grapevine Fabrication Part 1:

This lesson is a Follow Up Activity to the Algebra Institute and allows students to collect data to perform basic statistical operations to analyze and make comparisons on variability within a certain brand of raisins. Part 1 may be completed without Part 2. This investigation can elicit discussion about manufacturing and quality control.

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Fun with Surveys: An Activity with Number Sets:

In this activity, students will circulate around the classroom obtaining data from fellow classmates.  Students will pick their own question that will produce numerical responses.  Students will hypothesize the mean, median, and mode, calculate the measures, and identify which measure most accurately represents the data.

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Stats Rock: Using Pet Rocks to Find the Mean, Median and Interquartile Range (IQR):

Using pet rocks, the students will determine the mean, median and interquartile range (IQR) of the weights of the rocks. A PowerPoint presentation and YouTube videos will introduce and reinforce the concepts of mean, median, and interquartile range (IQR).

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The Best Things About Quantitative Measures:

Given quantitative measures students will be able to find the all the quantitative measures.

Type: Lesson Plan

Basketball All Star Team:

Students are asked to break down player statistics into percentages to determine the best players to send to an all star team. Students are then requested to write about the procedure used to make their decisions. Students are then asked to rank the players from one to five with one being the top pick.

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Speedster:

In this activity, students will collect data to compare their reaction time for catching a falling object or to an online stimulus to that of their classmates. Students will collect data for their class, construct a graph to represent the data, and then answer the question, "How good are my reactions compared to other students?"

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Decisions, Decisions!:

Use tables, graphs and models to represent, analyze and solve real world problems.

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The Battle of the Forces:

This lesson is an engaging way to strengthen students understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces and how these forces change an objects direction of motion. Students will participate in an actual tug of war and determine what factors create an unbalanced force. The lesson not only supports science benchmarks but Math and Language Arts as well.

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Calculating the Mean, Median, Mode, and Range from a Frequency Chart:

This lesson lasts a total of two hours: 15-minute pre-lesson, 90-minute lesson, and 15-minute follow up lesson or homework. Students will need the two worksheets, a mini-whiteboard, a pen, and an eraser. Each small group will need both card sets, a large sheet of paper, and a glue stick. Students will generate responses to a question about favorite computer games and use this data for the lesson. Students will then work collaboratively to display different data and discuss various strategy approaches.

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Analyzing Data with Bell Curves and Measures of Center:

In this lesson, students learn about data sets and will be able to tell if a bell curve represents a normal distribution and explain why a distribution might be skewed. Students will form their own bell curve and calculate measures of center and variability based on their data, and discuss their findings with the class.

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Heartbeat in a Box:

This lesson teaches how to make a box plot paying attention to what the quartiles mean. Students find resting heartbeat and active heartbeat. They make observations of this data displayed in box plots on the same number line. Students will interpret and make sense of this data, as well. Outliers are introduced, but not calculated, as is the intent of the standards, at this grade level.

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Be the Statistician:

Students will utilize their knowledge of data and statistics to create a question, collect numerical data, and create a display of their data driven by its quantitative measures of center and variability; mean, median, mode, and range.

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The Survey Says...:

Students will work in groups to conduct class surveys, using the results of the survey to calculate various measures of central tendency.

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Exploring Central Tendency:

This lesson is designed for 6th grade students. Student will work in small groups to apply central tendency to a real world scenario to finally answer the age old question of "when will I ever use this."

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Closest to the Pin!:

Students will create and analyze real world data while representing the data visually and comparing to a larger sample size.

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M & M Candy: I Want Green:

"Students compare mathematical expectations and experimental probability; then explain any difference in the two numbers. Students use colored candy pieces (such as M & M's) for their data collection, comparisons, and explanations." from Beacon Learning Center.

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Who Would Have Figured? (Probability):

"Students discover what happens when a coin is tossed a few times versus when a coin is tossed many times. They discover the answer to "What is the probability of heads, and does it change as you toss the coin more times?" from Beacon Learning Center.

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Candy Colors: Figuring the Mean, Median & Mode:

In this lesson, students will count candy of different colors and use the data to calculate mean, median, and mode. Groups of students will work together to share their data and calculate the measures of central tendency again. At the end of the lesson, they will apply their learning to another collection of data.

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Hot, Hot, Hot! Earth's Surface Heating:

Students will explore the concept of the uneven heating and cooling of Earth's surfaces by the Sun by collecting and analyzing data. Outside the classroom, students from several classes will record data points to be analyzed collectively to explore rates of heating and cooling related to time and material properties for air, water, and soil. Students will use mathematical techniques to help answer scientific questions.

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Original Student Tutorial

Moving MADness:

Learn how to calculate and interpret the Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) of data sets in this travel-themed, interactive statistics tutorial. 

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Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Mean Data and Striking Deviations in Sea Turtle Research:

Dive in and learn about how statistics can be used to help research sea turtles!

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Problem-Solving Tasks

Don’t Spill the Beans!:

The purpose of this task is for students to make a hypothesis, and then doing an experiment to test each students hypothesis. Students will collect and record their data, use graphical methods to describe their data, and finally analyze and interpret their results in the context of the activity.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Electoral College:

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Student Center Activity

Edcite: Mathematics Grade 6:

Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Teaching Ideas

Stem-and-Leaf Plots:

This lesson is designed to introduce students to stem-and-leaf plots as a graphical way to represent a data set. The lesson also reviews measures of central tendency with directions for finding mean, median, and mode are given. This lesson provides links to discussions and activities related to stem-and-leaf plots as well as suggested ways to integrate them into the lesson. Finally, the lesson provides links to follow-up lessons designed for use in succession with the current one.

Type: Teaching Idea

Drops on a Penny (Box-and-Whiskers Graph):

Students collect data, compute measures of central tendency, and create stem-and-leaf plots and box-and-whiskers plots.

Type: Teaching Idea

Text Resource

Hitting Streaks Spread Success:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the content area. Although scientists haven't determined a specific reason why one baseball player's hitting streak improves his whole team's performance, they have observed a very real mathematical pattern. There may be many reasons for the phenomenon, but no one has found them out yet.

Type: Text Resource

Tutorials

Mean Absolute Deviation Example:

In this video, you will see two ways to find the Mean Absolute Deviation of a data set.

Type: Tutorial

Find a Missing Value Given the Mean:

This video shows how to find the value of a missing piece of data if you know the mean of the data set.

Type: Tutorial

Spread of the data with range, interquartile range and mean absolute deviation:

This tutorial will help the learners with their understanding of how to describe the spread of data by finding the range, interquartile range, and mean absolute deviation.

Type: Tutorial

Understanding the data with the help of histogram and line plots:

This tutorial will help the learners with their understanding of how to determine the number of observations in a set of data by looking at histograms and line plots.

Type: Tutorial

Mean:

This tutorial will help the learners with their understanding of how to find the mean by equally distributing picture objects and using a standard algorithm.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animation

Median and Range Puzzle:

Try these interesting median and range challenge problems!

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Box Plot:

In this activity, students use preset data or enter in their own data to be represented in a box plot. This activity allows students to explore single as well as side-by-side box plots of different data. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Exploring Mean and Median Using Box Plots:

Using an interactive applet, students can compare and contrast properties of measures of central tendency, specifically the influence of changes in data values on the mean and median. As students change the data values by dragging the red points to the left or right, the interactive figure dynamically adjusts the mean and median of the new data set.
(NCTM's Illuminations)

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Worksheet

Splash of Math - SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

This resource allows students to assume the role of an ethologist provide 4 activities that challenge students to apply mathematics to solve complex real-life problems:

  • Activity A: Watch the Whales - Determine average speed, distance, and percentage of time at the surface of gray whales.
  • Activity B: Time Tally - From observations of a dolphin determine total time and percentage of time of certain behaviors.
  • Activity C: Deep Divers - Determine average dive depth, diving time, and surface time of an elephant seal.
  • Activity D: Breaches of the Humpback - Graph data and make a prediction from the graph. In this activity, the students will practice problem solving skills to solve complex real-life problems.

Type: Worksheet

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Basketball All Star Team:

Students are asked to break down player statistics into percentages to determine the best players to send to an all star team. Students are then requested to write about the procedure used to make their decisions. Students are then asked to rank the players from one to five with one being the top pick.

Cool Special Effects:

In this MEA, students will apply the concepts of heat transfer, especially convection. Students will analyze factors such as temperature that affect the behavior of fluids as they form convection currents.

Decisions, Decisions!:

Use tables, graphs and models to represent, analyze and solve real world problems.

MFAS Formative Assessments

Analyzing Physical Activity:

Students are asked to calculate measures of center and variability, identify extreme values, and interpret the meaning of each in context.

Florida Lakes:

Students are given a histogram and are asked to describe the variable under investigation and the number of observations.

Quiz Mean and Deviation:

Students are asked to calculate measures of center and variability, identify outliers, and interpret the meaning of each in context.

Select the Better Measure:

Students are asked to select the better measure of center and variability to describe each of two distributions of data.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

Moving MADness:

Learn how to calculate and interpret the Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) of data sets in this travel-themed, interactive statistics tutorial. 

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorial

Moving MADness:

Learn how to calculate and interpret the Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) of data sets in this travel-themed, interactive statistics tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Problem-Solving Task

Electoral College:

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Student Center Activity

Edcite: Mathematics Grade 6:

Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Tutorials

Mean Absolute Deviation Example:

In this video, you will see two ways to find the Mean Absolute Deviation of a data set.

Type: Tutorial

Find a Missing Value Given the Mean:

This video shows how to find the value of a missing piece of data if you know the mean of the data set.

Type: Tutorial

Virtual Manipulatives

Box Plot:

In this activity, students use preset data or enter in their own data to be represented in a box plot. This activity allows students to explore single as well as side-by-side box plots of different data. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Exploring Mean and Median Using Box Plots:

Using an interactive applet, students can compare and contrast properties of measures of central tendency, specifically the influence of changes in data values on the mean and median. As students change the data values by dragging the red points to the left or right, the interactive figure dynamically adjusts the mean and median of the new data set.
(NCTM's Illuminations)

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Problem-Solving Task

Electoral College:

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

Type: Problem-Solving Task