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Practice describing variability with earthquake data
Practice interpreting a frequency plot and make predictions about the occurrence of earthquakes in future years.
Types of Instruction:
6, 7, 8
Earth's Interior Systems
Statistical questions, Variability
Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data
Stability and change
Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
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.
Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Data Activity :
Mini Lesson 2 (PRAC) Earthquakes
Earthquakes in the US and Japan Data - Set 1 (xlsx)
Earthquakes in the US and Japan Data - Set 2 (xlsx)
Data Literacy Instructionals:
Show and Describe Variability
Make a box plot from a dot plot
Getting familiar with frequency plot types
Making a dot plot and scaling its axis
Language for describing variability