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Putting Scatter Plots to Use.
Title – Putting Scatter Plots to Use
By – Kristin Reeves
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 7
Multimedia Graphing Unit Contents:
- Lesson 1: YouTube Scatter Plot Instructions
- Lesson 2: Using Scatter Plots (below)
- Lesson 3: Types of Graphs PowerPoint
- Lesson 4: Create Excel Chart and Kidspiration Presentation
- Lesson 5: Mean, Median, Mode and M&Ms
- Putting our new knowledge of scatter plots to use.
- D.AN.07.04 Create and interpret scatter plots and find the line of best fit; use and estimated line to answer questions about the data.
- 4.b.1. Students create a project (e.g., presentation, web page, newsletter, information brochure) using a variety of media and formats (e.g., graphs, charts, audio, graphics, video) to present content information to an audience.
Learning Resources and Materials:
- Worksheet with a blank chart and a blank scatter plot.
- Basketball and Basketball Court
Development of Lesson:
- The previous lesson “Making Scatter Plots” is the introduction to this lesson.
- The class will be divided into groups.
- If available, we will go into the gym or to an outside basketball court. Each group will be assigned to a basketball hoop. The number of groups will correspond to the number of hoops available.
- Each group member will be given five turns to make a basket, each turn taking a step away from the basket. (These increments should be marked on the floor to make everyone equal.)
- The groups will record in their chart, how many people make baskets at each distance.
- Then, back in the classroom, the groups will input their data into Microsoft Excel and turn it into a scatter plot.
- Observing their data, they will make observations about the trend(s).
- Finally, we will compare our results as a class.
- For my two students with Down Syndrome, I will work with them personally to record their results. They will get a smaller net and a chance for one-on-one learning.
- The group presentations will be graded.
- In our final test on graphing, there will be a section on scatter plots. Performances on this test will prove how well the students have absorbed this material and whether or not these lessons have been effective.
Name _________________________________ Hour ___________ Date __________________
Group Number _______ Group Members ____________________________________________
- Record each group member’s name the spaces provided below.
- Record who made a basket at each trial distance.
- Complete the scatter plot below with the appropriate labels.
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