LOOKING AT ENVIRONMENTAL DATA:
A UNIT FOR STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND DISPLAY


UNIT GOALS: Pre-Service teachers will explore and gain a deeper understanding of the statistical concepts of central tendencies, data displays and dispersion. The math content will be linked with environmental data to enhance the studentsí understanding of the interrelationships of mathematics and science. They will realize the versatility of several manipulatives, spreadsheets, graphing calculators, and interactive software.

GRADE LEVEL: 13-15, (Mathematics for Pre-service Teachers); procedures are easily adapted for pre-algebra

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MINIMUM TIME REQUIRED FOR THE UNIT: Six 75 minute class periods

CONCEPTS LEARNED ACROSS ALL UNIT MODULES:

STANDARDS ADDRESSED BY UNIT MODULES: TECHNOLOGY NEEDED IN UNIT MODULES: TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES EMPLOYED: TITLE OF EACH MODULE
  1. Which Measure?
  2. Whatís Our Water Really Like?
  3. Can you See the Data?
  4. Another Look at Data
UNIT CULMINATING ACTIVITY: Student prepares an abstract of an environmental research article(s)-webbed based- that employs the measures of central tendency, histograms and box and whisker displays. As part of the abstract, the student presents his/her own opinion as to the role/function of each of the displays in the article(s).

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