"Colors" a poem by Shel Silverstein
Data and Probability
Students will look collect data, graph it, and use the data to find measures of central tendencies, and find probabilities.
Lesson Created by:
Shannon Kent, Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley, KS
- poem: "Colors", paper and pencil, graph paper one per group of 3 students
- Read the poem "Colors" to the students. Ask each student what color they would use to explain themselves on the inside.
- Ask students to share their favorite color, and post the responses on the chalkboard.
2. Developing the Lesson:
- Within their groups, have students graph the information about the favorite color choices of their peers.
- When they have graphed the information, ask the students to find the landmarks of data (mean, median, mode). Students should use problem-solving skills to decide which landmark is the best representation of the class's color choice.
- Have students use their data to find percentages of students who like each color.
- Students should analyze the data they have just found by explaining any patterns they see, or by making predictions about color choices for other classes, teams, or grade levels.
- Review with students, probability the many different ways in which it can be expressed, and how you can find it.
- Have the students do various probability questions...i.e.: What is the probability that a student will be chosen at random, and his/her color choice is green...etc.