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# Differences in Earnings Across Sex and Educational Attainment: Comparing Box Plots

### Activity Description

Students will interpret box plots that represent the national median earnings of men and women aged 25 and older whose highest levels of educational attainment are either a high school diploma (or equivalent) or a bachelor’s degree. Students will use the box plots to identify each data set’s median, maximum, minimum, first quartile, third quartile, range, interquartile range, and outliers. They will also compare the box plots to draw conclusions about differences in earnings between the sexes and between levels of educational attainment.

9

90 Minutes

### Learning Objectives

• Students will be able to interpret a box plot.
• Students will be able to compare different variables across data sets.
• Students will be able to compare box plots to make claims and inferences based on the data.

### Materials Required

• The student version of this activity, 8 pages
• Calculators

### Activity Items

The following item is part of this activity.

• Box Plots

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## Teacher Notes

#### Blooms Taxonomy

Analyzing

Students will analyze box plots to determine values present in the data, to compare variables, and to evaluate
those variables’ relationships to each other.

High School Math

#### Topics

• Box plots
• Interquartile range
• Levels of educational attainment
• Median
• Median earnings
• Outliers
• Quartiles

#### Skills Taught

• Comparing and interpreting box plots
Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021