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How Are Single-Parent Households Distributed Across the United States?

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Activity Description

Students will create and compare dot and box plots that show the percentages of single-mother and single-father households in different regions of the United States.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

60 minutes

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Learning Objective

  • Students will be able to create and compare dot and box plots of census data.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 11 pages
  • Rulers

A graphing calculator, graphing software (e.g., Microsoft Excel), or other graphing technology is optional.

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Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity. Items, their sources, and any relevant instructions for viewing them
online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • U.S. Map of Census Bureau Regions
  • Single-Parent Households by Sex and Census Bureau Region: 2013

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply their mathematics skills to create and compare dot and box plots so they can analyze census data.


Middle School Math


  • Center
  • Shape
  • Spread

Skills Taught

  • Comparing and interpreting dot and box plots
  • Comparing the shapes of data distributions
  • Creating a box plot
  • Creating a dot plot
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