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If You Only Have One Hour … Teaching Statistical Inference to Youth

Beth Chance, Elsa Medina, and Jacquelyn Silverbush share a series of activities used with students in grades 4–6 to introduce statistical inference. The article is structured based on the amount of time to devote to the topic.

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Exploring Whether a Difference Is a Meaningful Difference

This investigation focuses on students conducting a comparative experiment to explore whether there are meaningful differences between the number of times people can write their name with their dominant hand and the number of times people can write their name with their non-dominant hand.

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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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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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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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