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STatistics Education Web (STEW)


STatistics Education Web

One of the goals of the American Statistical Association is to improve statistics education at all levels. Through the STatistics Education Web (STEW), the ASA is reaching out to K-12 mathematics and science teachers who teach statistics concepts in their classrooms. STEW is an online resource for peer-reviewed lesson plans for K-12 teachers. The web site is maintained by the ASA and accessible to K-12 teachers throughout the world.

Statistics and probability concepts are included in K-12 curriculum standards, in particular the Common Core State Standards, and on state and national exams; however, few K-12 teachers have formal training or applied experience with statistical concepts. K-12 teachers need a place where they can find peer-reviewed teaching materials available in a standard format. Teachers also can benefit from guidance toward activities that are appropriate for their students' maturity levels and from the ability to select relevant, useful, and meaningful applications. The ASA is the logical entity to host a resource to support teachers in their efforts to master the content and incorporate it into their classrooms.

STEW lesson plans identify both the statistical concepts being developed and the age range appropriate for its 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 web site resource is organized around the four elements 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 site by grade level and statistical topic.

Lesson Plans


Grades K - 5

Candy Judging
Statistical Topics: bar graph
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Speedster
Statistical Topics: median; range; line plot; unit conversions
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Spinners at the School Carnival (Equal Sections)
Statistical Topics: simulation; bar graph; frequency table
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Spinners at the School Carnival (Unequal Sections)
Statistical Topics: simulation; bar graph; frequency table
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

The Gumball Machine
Statistical Topics: sample; sampling variation; experimental probability
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

The Taste of Yellow
Statistical Topics: pie chart
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format



Grades 6 - 8

Armspans
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; comparative boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Bear Hugs
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; boxplots; comparative boxplots; scatterplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Format Word Format

Bubble Trouble!
Statistical Topics: comparing distributions; descriptive statistics; comparative boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format

Don't Spill the Beans!
Statistical Topics: paired data; descriptive statistics; comparative boxplots; boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Exploring Geometric Probabilities with Buffon's Coin Problem
Statistical Topics: geometric probability; empirical probability; theoretical probability; simulation
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Happy Birthday to ... Two?
Statistical Topics: theoretical probability; subjective probability; experimental probability; simulation
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format
Happy Birthday to Two Data Set

How Long is 30 Seconds?
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; boxplots; comparative boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

How Random is the iPod's Shuffle?
Statistical Topics: randomly generated data; probability
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

How Tall and How Many?
Statistical Topics: descriptive statistics; scatterplot
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Scatter It! (Predict Billy's Height)
Statistical Topics: scatterplot; line of best fit
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Scatter It! (Using Census Results to Help Predict Melissa's Height)
Statistical Topics: scatterplot; line of best fit
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Step Into Statistics
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; boxplots; comparative boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Tell It Like It Is!
Statistical Topics: writing a statistical conclusion
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

What Fits?
Statistical Topics: scatterplot; line of best fit
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

What is the Probability of "Pigging Out"?
Statistical Topics: theoretical probability; subjective probability; experimental probability; simulation; probability area model
GAISE Level A
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

You and Michael
Statistical Topics: scatterplot; line of best fit
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format



Grades 9 - 12

10,000 Steps?
Statistical Topics: paired (matched) samples; paired t-test; assessing normality
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

A Sweet Task
Statistical Topics: frequency table; two-way frequency table; probability; joint probability; marginal probability; conditional probability
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

An A-MAZE-ING Comparison
Statistical Topics: hypothesis testing (two-sample t test)
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Are Female Hurricanes Deadlier than Male Hurricanes?
Statistical Topics: mean; standard deviation; median; outlier; five-number-summary; comparative boxplots; comparing distributions
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format | Excel format Data File

Chocolicious
Statistical Topics: population; sample; survey; bias
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format | Microsoft PowerPoint Format PowerPoint Format

Consuming Cola
Statistical Topics: extraneous variable; experiment; independent samples; matched (paired) samples
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Colors Challenge!
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; comparative boxplots
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Did I Trap The Median?
Statistical Topics: five-number summary; boxplot; confidence interval for median; confidence level; simulation
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Double Stuffed?
Statistical Topics: hypothesis testing (two-sample t test)
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

First Day Statistics Activity - Grouping Qualitative Data
Statistical Topics: grouping qualitative data; frequency table
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

How High Can You Jump?
Statistical Topics: comparing two distributions; descriptive statistics; comparative boxplots; scatterplot
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

How Wet is the Earth?
Statistical Topics: sample; sampling variability; sampling distribution of a sample proportion; confidence interval for a proportion; interpretation of confidence level
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format | Zip Archive Resources

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
Statistical Topics: confidence interval for a proportion; hypothesis test on a proportion; two-way frequency table; chi-square test; binomial distribution; binomial test
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

It Creeps. It Crawls. Watch Out For The Blob!
Statistical Topics: simple random sample; sampling variability; confidence interval for a mean; interpretation of confidence level
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

It's Elemental! Sampling from the Periodic Table
Statistical Topics: simple random sample; stratified random sample; systematic random sample; cluster random sample; simulation
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

NFL Quarterback Salaries
Statistical Topics: scatterplot; simple linear regression; coefficient of correlation; coefficient of determination
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format
Activity Sheet 1 Data, Activity Sheet 2 Data, Activity Sheet 3 Data

Now You SeeIt, Now You Don't: Using SeeIt to Compare Stacked Dotplots to Boxplots
Statistical Topics: dotplot; boxplot; comparing distributions
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Population Parameters with M&M's®
Statistical Topics: population proportion; sampling distribution of a sample proportion
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Saga of Survival (Using Data about the Donner Party to Illustrate Descriptive Statistics)
Statistical Topics: comparing distributions; comparative boxplots; descriptive statistics; two-way frequency table; conditional distribution
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format
Saga of Survival Data Set

Sampling in Archaeology
Statistical Topics: simple random sample; stratified random sample; systematic random sample; cluster random sample; simulation
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Text Messaging is Time Consuming! What Gives?
Statistical Topics: simple linear regression; correlation; slope; intercept; sampling distribution of slope; sampling distribution of intercept; sampling distribution of correlation coefficient
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

The Case of the Careless Zookeeper
Statistical Topics: two-way frequency table; conditional distribution; chi-square test
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

The United States of Obesity
Statistical Topics: choropleth map; scatterplot; simple linear regression; correlation; residual; outlier; prediction; extrapolation
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Types of Average and Sampling: "Household Words" to Dwell On
Statistical Topics: average, sampling, sampling bias
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Using Dice to Introduce Sampling Distributions
Statistical Topics: sampling distribution of a sample proportion; confidence interval for a proportion
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Walk the Line
Statistical Topics: assessing normality; confidence interval for a mean
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

What Does the Normal Distribution Sound Like?
Statistical Topics: frequency distribution; histogram; smoothed curve; normal distribution; rate of change
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

What Percent of the Continental US is Within One Mile of a Road?
Statistical Topics: sample; sampling variability; confidence interval for a proportion; interpretation of confidence level
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format | Winzip Compressed Format Resources

When 95% Accurate Isn't
Statistical Topics: conditional probability; Bayes' Theorem; simulation; empirical probability
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format | Winzip Compressed Format ZIP (Compressed Archive)

Who Sends the Most Text Messages?
Statistical Topics: sampling distribution of a sample mean
GAISE Level C
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format
Example Distribution Cards for Sally, Jamal, Ivy and Tom

You Will Soon Analyze Categorical Data (Classifying Fortune Cookie Fortunes)
Statistical Topics: two-way frequency table; joint relative frequency; marginal relative frequency; conditional relative frequency; chi-square test of homogeneity
GAISE Level B
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

Submit Your Lesson Plans to STEW

Please consider submitting several of your favorite lesson plans to STEW. We hope also that you will encourage your colleagues to submit material to STEW. STEW needs your assistance and participation in order to be a viable resource for teachers who teach statistics and probability.

Submitted lesson plans will need to follow the standard STEW template.


Example STEW Lesson Plans


STEW Level A Exemplar
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

STEW Level B Exemplar
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

STEW Level C Exemplar
PDF Format PDF Format | Microsoft Word Document Word Format

To submit lesson plans for publication consideration, send them to steweditor@amstat.org.

COPYRIGHT STATEMENT


STEW Editors & 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 web site. 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). University is the current Editor. If you are interested in being an associate editor to review articles, please send your name, email address, and a brief description of your qualifications to steweditor@amstat.org.


STEW Editor

We appreciate the outstanding work of Mary Richardson from Grand Valley State University as recent STEW editor (2011-2014). We also appreciate the fine service of the associate editors listed below and all of their efforts to enhance statistics education. We will soon announce the next STEW editor.


STEW Associate Editors

Subhash Bagui
University of West Florida

Vincent Camara
Research Center for Bayesian Applications, Largo, Florida

Janis Carthon
Albany State University

Aleisha Coleman
Navigator Pointe Academy

David Edwards
Virginia Commonwealth University

Julius Esunge
University of Mary Washington

Susan Haller
St. Cloud State University

Maryann Huey
Drake University

Debra Hydorn
University of Mary Washington

Ananda Jayawardhana
Pittsburg State University

Laura Kapitula
Grand Valley State University

Donna LaLonde
Washburn University

Stephen Miller
Winchester Thurston School

Diann Reischman
Grand Valley State University

Thomas Varghese
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology