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Standard 4.0 Knowledge of Statistics

Topic A. Data Displays

Indicator 1. Explore and display data

Objective a. Explore data by answering a yes/no question

Materials needed

Large blue construction paper circle (large enough to allow students to stand on it); large yellow construction paper circle; blue and yellow connecting cubes; and question, "Do you have dog?"


Teacher prepares the rug for the large group graphing activity by placing a large blue construction paper circle in one corner of the rug and a similar yellow circle in the opposite corner. Post the "Question of the Day" on the board or in a similar display area:

Do you have a dog?

Place baskets of blue and yellow connecting cubes in various areas on the rug. Ask students to come to the rug area and sit in a circle. Read the question of the day and ask students to choose the appropriate cube that represents their answer to the question: blue cube if they have a dog and yellow cube if they don't have a dog.

After students have chosen the appropriate cube, ask them to hold the cube in the air. Explain to students that you will be making circles that tell about the question. Ask students to move to the appropriate blue or yellow circle according to the cube they have chosen.

When students are standing on or near the circle that represents their answer, ask them to choose the circle they think has the most students. Now ask students to form two lines: a line of students holding a blue cube and a line of students holding a yellow cube. Ask one student from the "blue" line to hold hands with one student from the "yellow" line to see which group is larger (students not holding hands with anyone will be the extras in a group of more students). Allow students time to think about and then describe their findings. Students could also connect the blue cubes together and the yellow cubes together to see which "tower" of cubes is taller or color a graph to determine which group has more members.

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