Mathematics as Communication

This grades 6-8 activity focuses on interpreting and creating graphs that are functions of time. The first two activity sheets focus on graphs of time vs speed. The third and fourth activity sheets look at how many times an event occurred in a specific amount of time. These activity sheets are appropriate for students who have not taken algebra yet.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.1
Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For...
CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5
Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.A.1
Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a...
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.A.2
Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or...
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.B.3
Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the...
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.B.4
Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two...
GLE 0606.1.5
Use mathematical ideas and processes in different settings to formulate patterns, analyze graphs, set up and solve problems and interpret solutions.
GLE 0606.1.6
Read and interpret the language of mathematics and use written/oral communication to express mathematical ideas precisely.
GLE 0606.5.2
Interpret representations of data from surveys and polls, and describe sample bias and how data representations can be misleading.
GLE 0706.5.1
Collect, organize, and analyze both single- and two-variable data.
GLE 0706.5.3
Formulate questions and design studies to collect data about a characteristic shared by two populations, or different characteristics within one population.
GLE 0706.5.4
Use descriptive statistics to summarize and compare data.
SPI 0606.1.1
Make conjectures and predictions based on data.
SPI 0606.3.7
Use algebraic expressions and properties to analyze numeric and geometric patterns.
SPI 0606.5.3
Determine whether or not a sample is biased.
SPI 0706.5.3
Calculate and interpret the mean, median, upper-quartile, lower-quartile, and interquartile range of a set of data.
TSS.Math.6.SP.A.1
Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example,...
TSS.Math.6.SP.B.5
Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.
TSS.Math.7.SP.A.1
Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population...
TSS.Math.7.SP.A.2
Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated...
TSS.Math.7.SP.B.3
Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers...
TSS.Math.7.SP.B.4
Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Answer questions about graphical representations of information collected over a period of time.
  • Create graphical representations of information collected over a period of time.
  • Work collaboratively and improve communication skills.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • Graphing Functions of Time Activity Sheet 
  • More Graphing Functions of Time Activity Sheet 
  • Collecting Data Over Time Activity Sheet 
  • Graphing Data Collected Over Time Activity Sheet 
  • A set of transparencies for discussion
  • Graph paper

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