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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.

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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.

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

## Teacher Notes

#### Blooms Taxonomy

Applying

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

#### Subject

Middle School Math

#### Topics

• Statistical questions

#### Skills Taught

• Creating statistical questions
• Identifying statistical questions

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