Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students’ ages.

Standard:

Math.6.SP.2 or 6.SP.A.2

Description:

Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.

Standard:

Math.6.SP.3 or 6.SP.A.3

Description:

Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.

Standard:

Math.6.SP.4 or 6.SP.B.4

Description:

Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

Standard:

6.SP.B.5.A

Description:

Reporting the number of observations.

Standard:

6.SP.B.5.B

Description:

Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.

Standard:

6.SP.B.5.C

Description:

Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.

Standard:

6.SP.B.5.D

Description:

Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered.