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Statistics for Kids: Model Eliciting Activities to Investigate Concepts in Statistics

Author: Scott A. Chamberlin Ph.D.
Product Code: 0227
ISBN: 978-1-61821-022-7
Pages: 150
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Perhaps the most useful and neglected content area of mathematics is statistics, especially for students in Grades 4–6. Couple that fact with the notion that mathematical modeling is an increasing emphasis in many standards, such as the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM standards, and the necessity for this topic is overdue. In this book, teachers will facilitate learning using model-eliciting activities (MEAs), problem-solving tasks created by mathematics educators to encourage students to investigate concepts in mathematics through the creation of mathematical models. Students will explore statistical concepts including trends, spread of data, standard deviation, variability, correlation, sampling, and more—all of which are designed around topics of interest to students.

Grades 4–6


Review: Gifted Child Today - January 20, 2015
Written specifically for teachers of Grades 4 to 6, Chamberlin uses age-appropriate vocabulary and explains concepts clearly. This is a valuable resource for fostering critical thinking and problem solving with advanced math learners in the elementary school classroom.
Review by: Dave Johnston, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School - November 1, 2013
This book is a collection of seven realistic questions that allow young students to explore statistical measurement. Each activity focuses on a different area of statistics such as correlation or central tendency. The book is a good resource for open-ended statistics problems.
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by Amy Stults
on 4/15/2014
Perfect for Middle School Math
This is the only quality book I have found that directly teaches statistics to middle schoolers. Sure, the topic is often broached in textbooks, but only briefly and very remedial at that. Statisticians do more than just analyze data and this book provides a hands-on approach to learning about what is involved in working with numbers and trends. Like logic, students really should have experience with data analysis if they want to grow up to be critical thinkers. This book also contains an emphasis on technical writing throughout, another subject that is much needed but lacking in schools. Our future scientists and engineers need experience with technical writing in order to succeed in a STEM-related career.

Another thing that I love is that it does not just teach, for example, how to find a trend in numbers, but it provides real world examples of why it may be important to learn about trending. An example is that statistics & trending help coaches in recruiting efforts
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