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Using Photographs as Data Sources to Tell Stories About Our Favorite Outdoor Spaces

Three lesson plans that use photos as data sources show it is possible to take an idea and develop it to best suit the interests of your students and you.

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GAISE II Now Available; Download for Free

The Pre-K–12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education II (GAISE II): A Framework for Statistics and Data Science Education includes a number of updates. It is available for free download now and will be available for purchase on Amazon soon.

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A Sampling Activity to Anchor Big Statistical Ideas

The Sampling Bag Task showcases important statistical ideas, encourages conjecture and statistical argument, and illustrates the complexity and promise of seemingly simple tasks to generate productive discourse and expand understanding of statistical ideas.

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Data Interrogations for Critical Statistical Literacy

The ability to read, write, and evaluate statistical arguments are crucial to the development of statistical literacy. Here are some tools for facilitating that development.

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How Long Are the Words in the Gettysburg Address?

In this lesson, each student tries two methods for selecting a sample from the population of words in the Gettysburg Address: self-selection and simple random sampling.

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The Mean and Variability from the Mean

In this lesson from Christine Franklin, Gary Kader, Tim Jacobbe, and Kaycie Maddox, students investigate how to interpret the mean using fair share value and the balance point of a distribution.

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2021 ASA Student Competitions

The American Statistical Association is dedicated to and involved in enhancing statistics education at all levels, including providing competitions for K-12 and undergraduate students.

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Building Understanding of Randomness from Ideas About Variation and Expectation

Random is the kind of word with different meanings in different contexts. Students are likely to use “random” as an adjective describing anything unexpected and surprising, but these usages are not mathematical. They do, however, provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss the differences between language used inside and outside of mathematics.

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2019 Data Visualization Poster Competition and Project Competition (New Rubric & Rules)

Introduce your K–12 students to statistics through the annual poster and project competitions directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability.

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A Technology Twist on a Classic Statistics Lesson

In the lesson, “Alphabet Statistics,” described by Marilyn Burns in her 1987 book, A Collection of Math Lessons (from grades 3 through 6), students explore letter-of-the-alphabet frequency of usage in print material. Over the years, Shelly Sheats Harkness used an adaptation of this lesson several times with middle-school students, high-school students, and preservice teachers. She shares it here with a technology twist.

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