Everywhere we look, there is data to interpret. There is data about sports,
elections, health and trends in our society. Learning how to read and
organize this data is important and empowering to students as they make
their way through their education.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the environmental consulting field
between leaky gas stations and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Part of my job was to collect data from soil and water samples at gas
stations, interpret this data and report on it. I learned at this job that
data interpretation is more subjective than I had thought. For example,
dropping one more monitoring well into the groundwater upstream from a
leaking tank will drop the overall average of the amount of gasoline in the
groundwater at a leaky gas station. I lasted 3 years in that field before
making the move to teaching. It wasn't for me.

And then there's the difference between mean and median when it comes to
home prices and pay. Often the median is given in these situations so that
outliers don't throw off the data making the numbers appear greater than
they are. Interpreting this data and talking about the differences makes for
interesting classroom discussion.

In this post I want to share a few fun activities you can use in your
classroom to teach data analysis.

This one also comes in a black and white printable version in the same file
if you'd like your students to work on paper.

Next is a

box and whiskers vocabulary sort where students sort 18 vocabulary terms onto the box plot for median,
outlier, upper extreme, lower extreme, quartiles and interquartile range
(I.Q.R.), then identify mean, mode and range given the box plot's
data.

Many professions require some level of data literacy. Whether in STEM
fields, business, healthcare, social sciences, and even in the arts, the
ability to work with data is an increasingly valuable skill for students to
learn.

Data presented as real-world problems encourages students to apply their
problem solving skills and build insights into the data. This

two way tables digital math escape room activity
gives students practice analyzing and evaluating the data presented in two
way tables. Students find missing table values, answer "and" and "or"
questions and calculate percentages represented by the data in this
activity. A printable version is also included.

Next is a

mean, median, mode and range math pennant activity
that doubles as classroom décor when students finish the activity. Students
find mean, median, mode and range given either 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 single
and double-digit numbers of data. Some answers require rounding.

Students follow a stock for a week, calculate the daily and weekly percent
change in price, estimate a line of fit for their scatter plot, find the
slope and equation of their line of fit and write a final analysis of their
data in this

stock market project. Above is my student Sam's final project and written analysis of the data
he collected. We did this project in our algebra class to cover percent
change. It's also a nice project for a

consumer math class.

In this

probability digital math escape room activity, student figure out the simple or compound probability in 20 scenarios.
Students find the probability of either one or two events in each question.
Questions are grouped 4 per puzzle, resulting in five 4-letter codes that
will unlock all 5 locks.

Students analyze different depictions of data to find mean, median, mode,
range, totals and percentages in this

data math pennant activity. Data is presented in tables, line plots, line graphs, bar graphs,
histograms, box and whiskers plots, pie chars and sets of numbers. Students
can hang their finished pennants to show what they know as part of your
classroom décor.

This

line plots digital math escape room
comes in both self-checking digital in Google Forms and in black and white
printable PDF. It asks students to analyze and answer questions about the
data shown in each line plot.

And lastly,

data representations on a 6th grade math word wall including bar graph, skew, box plot, mean, median, mode, range, circle graph, histogram, dot plot, stem & leaf and frequency table. The stem & leaf and the frequency table both use the same data (the party data in the middle) so that students can see the same data represented differently. This is also true for the circle graph and the histogram, and with the box plot and the dot plot.