STatistics Education Web (STEW)

STatistics Education Web (STEW) is an online resource for peer-reviewed lesson plans for K–12 teachers.

Statistics and probability concepts are included in K–12 curriculum standards—particularly the Common Core State Standards—and on state and national exams. STEW provides free peer-reviewed teaching materials in a standard format for K–12 math and science teachers who teach statistics concepts in their classrooms.

STEW lesson plans identify both the statistical concepts being developed and the age range appropriate for their use. The statistical concepts follow the recommendations of the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The lessons are organized around the statistical problemsolving process in the GAISE guidelines: formulate a statistical question, design and implement a plan to collect data, analyze the data by measures and graphs, and interpret the data in the context of the original question. Teachers can navigate the STEW lessons by grade level and statistical topic.

Submit a Lesson Plan

Consider submitting your favorite lesson plans to STEW and encouraging your colleagues to do the same. STEW needs your participation to be a growing resource for statistics and probability teachers.

Lesson plans should follow the standard STEW template. Example plans include the following:

Send lesson plans to steweditor@amstat.org for publication consideration.

Lesson Plans

Grades K-5

The Gumball Machine
Alexander White, M. Alejandra Sorto, Rini Oktavia
26 April 2014
Samples, Sampling Variation, Experimental Probability
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Speedster
Debra L. Hydorn
14 August 2012
Median, Range, Line Plots, Unit Conversions
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Candy Judging
Susan Haller
22 February 2012
Bar Graphs
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Spinners at the School Carnival (Equal Sections)
Janis Carthon
22 February 2012
Simulations, Bar Graphs, Frequency Tables
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Spinners at the School Carnival (Unequal Sections)
Maryann E. Huey
22 February 2012
Simulations, Bar Graphs, Frequency Tables
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The Taste of Yellow
Debra L. Hydorn
22 February 2012
Pie Charts
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Grades 6-8

How Random is the iPod’s Shuffle?
Joan Garfield, Laura Ziegler
14 May 2014
Randomly Generated Data, Probability
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Bubble Trouble!
Peter Banwarth
13 May 2014
Comparing Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Comparative Boxplots
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Happy Birthday to . . . Two?
Dustin Jones
11 August 2013
Theoretical Probability, Subjective Probability, Experimental Probability, Simulations
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What Fits?
Anna Bargagliotti, Stephanie Casey
20 February 2013
Scatterplots, Line of Best Fit
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Exploring Geometric Probabilities with Buffon’s Coin Problem
Kady Schneiter
2 October 2012
Geometric, Empirical, and Theoretical Probability, Simulations
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Armspans
Debra L. Hydorn
14 August 2012
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Comparative Boxplots
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Bear Hugs
Subhash Bugui, Mary Richardson
10 July 2012
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Boxplots, Comparative Boxplots, Scatterplots
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What is the Probability of “Pigging Out”?
Mary Richardson, Susan Haller
26 April 2012
Theoretical, Subjective, and Experimental Probability, Simulations, Probability Area Model
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Tell It Like It Is!
David J. Edwards
18 April 2012
Writing a Statistical Conclusion
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Step Into Statistics
Subhash Bagui
27 March 2012
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Boxplots, Comparative Boxplots
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Scatter It! (Predict Billy’s Height)
Susan Haller
21 March 2012
Scatterplots, Line of Best Fit
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Scatter It! (Using Census Results)
Susan Haller
21 March 2012
Scatterplots, Line of Best Fit
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How Tall and How Many?
Subhash Bagui
13 March 2012
Descriptive Statistics
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Don’t Spill the Beans!
Stephen Miller
22 February 2012
Paired Data, Descriptive Statistics, Comparative Boxplots, Boxplots
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How Long is 30 Seconds?
Debra L. Hydorn
22 February 2012
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Boxplots, Comparative Boxplots
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You and Michael
Stephen Miller
22 February 2012
Scatterplots, Line of Best Fit
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Grades 9 – 12

Chunk it!
Wendy Weber
21 October, 2016
Design of Experiment, Comparing Two samples, Sampling Distribution, Randomization Test, Inference
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Confidence in Salaries in Petroleum Engineering
Susan A. Peters, AnnaMarie Conner
1 October, 2016
Bootstrapping, Interval Estimate, Confidence Level, Sample Size, Margin of Error
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More Confidence in Salaries in Petroleum Engineering
Susan A. Peters, AnnaMarie Conner
17 October, 2016
Inference, Sampling Distribution, Randomization test, Bootstrapping, Confidence interval
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Odd or Even? The Addition and Complement Principles of Probability
Wendy Weber, Carrie Even, Susannah Weaver
30 November 2015
Probability rules, mutually exclusive events, complement, unions
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I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
Mary Richardson, Paul Stephenson
27 September 2014
Confidence Interval for a Proportion, Hypothesis Test on a Proportion, Two-Way Frequency Table, Chi-Square Test, Binomial Distribution, Binomial Test
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It Creeps. It Crawls. Watch Out For the Blob!
John Gabrosek
24 September 2014
Simple Random Sample, Sampling Variability, Confidence Interval for a Mean, Interpretation of Confidence Level
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Double Stuffed?
Allison Dorko
30 June 2014
Hypothesis Testing (Two Sample t-test)
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Are Female Hurricanes Deadlier than Male Hurricanes?
Mary Richardson
13 June 2014
Mean, Standard Deviation, Median, Outlier, Five-Number-Summary, Comparative Boxplots
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How Wet is the Earth?
Laura Ring Kapitula, Paul Stephenson
11 June 2014
Sample, Sampling Variability, Sampling Distribution of a Sample Proportion, Confidence Interval for a Proportion, Interpretation of Confidence Level
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You Will Soon Analyze Categorical Data (Classifying Fortune Cookie Fortunes)
Mary Richardson
25 May 2014
Two-Way Frequency Table, Joint Relative Frequency, Marginal Relative Frequency, Conditional Relative Frequency, Chi-Square Test of Homogeneity
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Now You SeeIt, Now You Don't: Using SeeIt To Compare Stacked Dotplots to Boxplots
Alberto Guzman-Alvarez, Amy Falk Smith, Marco Molinaro
24 May 2014
Dotplots, Boxplots, Comparing Distributions
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10,000 Steps?
Phyllis Curtiss, Mary Richardson
23 May 2014
Paired (Matched) Samples, Paired t-test, Assessing Normality
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First Day Statistics Activity--Grouping Qualitative Data
R. B. Campbell
29 April 2014
Grouping Qualitative Data, Frequency Table
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A Sweet Task
Elizabeth Fiedler, Sharon Flinspach, Maryann Huey, Brandon Jenkins
17 April 2014
Frequency Tables, Two-Way Frequency Tables, Probability, Joint and Marginal Probability
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What Percent of the Continental US is Within One Mile of a Road?
Sara Stoudt, Yue Cao, Dana Udwin
29 March 2014
Sample, Sampling Variability, Confidence Interval for a Proportion, Interpretation of Confidence Level
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Did I Trap The Median?
Sarah Parks, Mathew Steinwachs, Rafael Diaz, Marco Molinaro
25 November 2013 Five-Number-Summary, Boxplots, Confidence Interval for Median, Confidence Level, Simulations
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Text Messaging is Time Consuming! What Gives?
Jeanie Gibson, Mary McNelis, Anna Bargagliotti
27 August 2013
Simple Linear Regression, Correlation, Slope, Intercept, Sampling Distribution of Slope, Sampling Distribution of Intercept, Sampling Distribution of Correlation Coefficient
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Types of Average and Sampling: "Household Words" to Dwell On
Lawrence Mark Lesser
13 August 2013
Average, Sampling, Sampling Bias
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Consuming Cola
Nancy Sundheim
29 July 2013
Extraneous Variables, Experiments, Independent Samples, Matched (Paired) Samples
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NFL Quarterback Salaries
Jeanie Gibson, Anna Bargagliotti
26 July 2013
Scatterplots, Simple Linear Regression, Coefficient of Correlation, Coefficient of Determination
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Saga of Survival (Using Data about Donner Party to Illustrate Descriptive Statistics)
Mary Richardson, Neal Rogness
16 July 2013
Comparing Distributions, Comparative Boxplots, Descriptive Statistics, Two-Way Frequency Tables, Conditional Probability
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What Does the Normal Distribution Sound Like?
Anana Jayawardhana
13 June 2013
Frequency Distribution, Histogram, Smoothed Curve, Normal Distribution, Rate of Change
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Colors Challenge!
Diann Reischman
10 June 2013
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Comparative Boxplots
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The Case of the Careless Zookeeper
Matt Malloure, Mary Richardson, Neal Rogness
20 February 2013
Two-Way Frequency Table, Conditional Distribution, Chi-Square Test
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Population Parameter with M&M's
Anna Bargagliotti, Jeanie Gibson
17 February 2013
Population Proportion, Sampling Distribution of a Sample Proportion
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The United States of Obesity
Matt Malloure, Mary Richardson, Diann Reischman, Paul Stephenson
21 January 2013
Choropleth Map, Scatterplots, Simple Linear Regression, Correlation, Residual, Outlier, Prediction, Extrapolation
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Who Sends the Most Text Messages?
Anna Bargagliotti, Jeanie Gibson
21 January 2013
Sampling Distribution of a Sample Mean
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When 95% Accurate Isn't
Todd Cadwallader Olsker
20 November 2012
Conditional Probability, Bayes’ Theorem, Simulation, Empirical Probability
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Chocolicious
Stephanie Running
30 August 2012
Population, Sample, Survey, Bias
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Walk the Line
Maryann Huey
18 August 2012
Assessing Normality, Confidence Interval for a Mean
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It's Elemental! Sampling form the Periodic Table
Matt Malloure, Mary Richardson
16 August 2012
Simple Random Sample, Stratified Random Sample, Systematic Random Sample, Cluster Random Sample, Simulation
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Using Dice to Introduce Sampling Distributions
Mary Richardson
11 July 2012
Sampling Distribution of a Sample Proportion, Confidence Interval for a Proportion
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How High Can You Jump?
Diann Reischman
13 March 2012
Comparing Two Distributions, Descriptive Statistics, Comparative Boxplots, Scatterplots
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Sampling in Archaeology
Mary Richardson
2 March 2012
Simple Random Sample, Stratified Random Sample, Systematic Random Sample, Cluster Random Sample, Simulation
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An A-MAZE-ING Comparison
Matt Malloure, Mary Richardson, Neal Rogness
22 February 2012 Hypothesis Testing (Two-Sample t test)
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STEW Editor and Associate Editors

STEW operates similar to an ASA journal. It has an editorial board consisting of an editor and associate editors. Authors submit proposed activities to the editor according to a template prepared for that purpose. The editor has the responsibility of determining which material meets the guidelines for posting on the website. Generally, this is done by passing the material to an associate editor for review and comments.

The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Probability and Statistics (K–12) is responsible for appointing an editor for the STatistics Education Web (STEW). If you are interested in being an associate editor to review articles, send your name, email address, and a brief description of your qualifications to steweditor@amstat.org.

Editor: Hollylynne Lee, North Carolina State University
Associate Editors: Carol Joyce Blumberg (Winona State University), Stephanie Casey (Eastern Michigan University), Susan Friel (The University of North Carolina), Leigh Johnson (Capital University), Gemma Mojica (The University of North Carolina), Jennifer Nickell (North Carolina State University), and Amy Wagler (The University of Texas at El Paso)

Copyright

Authors maintain copyright of their published material in STEW. Any person requesting permission to use materials from a STEW lesson in a publication must obtain permission from the author of the lesson. Copyright transfers to STEW at the time of the author's demise.

The American Statistical Association/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Joint Committee oversees STEW. In that capacity, the Joint Committee recommends that authors and STEW require of those that request permission to use their lessons in a publication a signed document that guarantees that the author and STEW will be properly credited in the publication.