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What is a Statistical Question?

Activity Description


Students will identify which questions about a data set are statistical questions and which are not. Then they will generate, answer, and draw conclusions from their own statistical questions.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60-75 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to distinguish between statistical questions and other types of questions.
  • Students will be able to formulate and answer their own statistical questions, drawing conclusions based on those answers.
  • Students will be able to understand the concept of variability within a data set.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 10 pages

Activity Items

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

  • Radio Set Ownership Map
  • Map of U.S. Regions and the Land Areas of the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply what they know about statistical questions and analyze questions to determine whether they are statistical.


Middle School Math


  • Statistical questions

Skills Taught

  • Creating statistical questions
  • Identifying statistical questions


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