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5th Graders Explore Surveys & Statistics

May 17, 2018

In 4-5th Grade Math, we are learning about Statistics, data collection, and displaying data. We are also learning how to be critical consumers of information, particularly graphic displays. Students are building on their learning from 3rd and 4th grade to survey peers, find averages, and build graphs. Now this is taken to the next level, as students will ask their “sample” two quantitative statistics questions and plot the coordinates of these answers to see if there is a correlation between two sets of data. Students are further growing their technology skills by using Google Sheets to record and graph their data. Finally, math students will be making accurate graphs as well as misleading graphs to highlight the importance of careful attention to detail required of all who read displays of data.

In partnership with the North Seattle French School and to create a more diverse and larger sample set, 4th and 5th graders will be asking other K-5 students the questions. Here are some questions students are asking:

Maya: Is there a correlation between a child’s age and the ages of their parents?

Adam: Is there a correlation between the difference in the age of siblings and how many days they play together in a week?

Aaron: Is there a correlation between the number of people in a class wearing their favorite color and their age?

Amara: Is there a correlation between age and if you like fire, water, earth, or air?

Diego: Is there a correlation between the number of hours of sports per week and hours of TV or video games per week?

Anna: Is there a correlation between number of children in a family and number of pets in a family?

Aviva:  Is there a correlation between the grade you start SJCS and the grade you leave SJCS?

Talia: Is there a correlation between the month you were born and the date you were born?

Sivan: Is there a correlation between the number of times you go to the library in a month and the number of books you read in a month?

Aytan: Is there a correlation between age and how many books you read in a month?

We’ll report back to you in two weeks with the results of our polls!

Jane Shay, 4th -5th Grade General Education Teacher