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Lesson Plan: Which Hand Rules?

Wendy Weber

(Grades 9-12+) Published in August of 2017, this lesson has students engage in dropping and catching a yardstick to investigate whether there is significant evidence (via a matched pairs randomization test) that people are faster with their dominant hand than their nondominant hand.

Students will engage in data collection and the randomization process of generating possible values from the sampling distribution of mean differences. Finally, they will interpret the estimated value in the context of the problem.

Keywords: Grades 9-12+, matched pairs design, comparing distributions, hypothesis testing, randomization tests