
Data Analysis and Probability:
Using Data to Make Predictions
In Data Analysis and Probability: Using Data to Make Predictions, we present ways to
support NCTM standards for grades 35 that invite students to collect,
analyze, and make predictions from data. The teaching case presents
two lessons taught to a fifth grade class. The first lesson explores
mathematical fairness. The second lesson highlights the relationship
between sample size and accuracy of predictions about a whole population.
Participants in this course:
 Explore the
difference between social fairness and mathematical fairness.
 Examine how
probability relates to causality.
 Understand
relations among sample size, data collection, and accurate predictions.
 Develop
strategies that support student thinking, reflection, and dialogue.
 Explore how
graphic representations can indicate accuracy of data measurements.
 Develop
ways to guide students from faulty to sound mathematical concepts.
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