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Collecting Data (Standard 1)

1. Spier, Peter. People. New York: Doubleday, 1980.

This book celebrates the diversity in the human population.

  • Survey students about their favorite food, music group, movie star, sport, etc. Use the class results to build circle graphs to describe the interests of the class.


2. Time-Life for Children. Play Ball: Sports Math. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life for Children, 1993.

Sports provides the focus for the activities in this book dealing with computation, graphs, reasoning, statistics, and measurement.

  • Have students collect sports data on their favorite sports activities. How might they display data to illustrate similarities and differences between teams?


Basic Probability (Standard 2)

3. Holtzman, Caren. No Fair! New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1997.

Fairness in games is illustrated by two children.

  • Have students discuss the fairness of different games and the strategies people use to win. Have students design a game that would not be fair to all players. Then have them design a game that would be fair to all


4. Moscovich, Ivan. Probability games and other activities. New York: Workman Publishing, 2000.

A variety of simple games to illustrate probability concepts are provided.

  • Have students play the games described in the book and describe the results.
©2001 Denisse R. Thompson

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