This page is a tool designed for teachers and students in grades 9-14 who want to incorporate statistics into their studies. The DIGSTATS activities below were created to teach statistics, however many of them are related to and could be incorporated into other mathematically related courses. Listed below are tables containing the Virginia SOL (Standards of Learning) code, a description of the SOL, and a link to the activity. We have categorized the SOL's so that the activities are directly related to the discipline (the activities labeled under Earth Science have themes relating to Earth Science - such as activities about weather patterns). This page is designed with the Virginia Standards of Learning in mind, although it relates to nationwide standards.

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Statistics: Probability and Statistics

Mathematics: Algebra I / Algebra II / Algebra II and Trigonometry / Mathematical Analysis / Computer Mathematics

Science: Earth Science / Biology / Physics


Statistics

Probability and Statistics

PS.1 The student will analyze graphical displays of data, including dotplots, stemplots, and histograms to identify and describe patterns and departures from patterns utilizing central tendency, spread, clusters, gaps, and outliers. Appropriate technology will be used to create graphical displays. Birth Rate
Blood Pressure
Cricket
Cooling
Geyser
PS.2 The student will analyze numerical characteristics of univariate data sets to describe patterns and departures from patterns utilizing mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation, interquartile range, range, and outliers. Appropriate technology will be used to calculate statistics. Cigarettes
Creek
Geyser
Salary
PS.4 The student will analyze scatterplots to identify and describe the relationship between two variables using shape; strength of relationship; clusters; positive, negative or no association; outliers and influential points. Appropriate technology will be used to generate scatterplots and identify outliers and influential points. Birth Rate
Cricket
Cooling
Geyser
Lifespan
PS.5 The student will find and interpret linear correlation and use the method of least squares regression to model the linear relationship between two variables and use the residual plots to assess linearity. Appropriate technology will be used to compute correlation coefficients and residual plots. Diamond
Lifespan
Tokamak
PS.21 The student will identify properties of a t-distribution and use tables or graphing calculators to apply t-distributions to a single sample and two sample (independent and matched pairs) t-procedures. Coliform
Dandelion
Ethylene Glycol
Football

Mathematics

Algebra I

A.5 The student will analyze a given set of data for the existence of a pattern, represent the pattern algebraically and graphically, if possible, and determine if the relation is a function. Birth Rate
Cooling
A.18 The student will compare multiple one-variable data sets, using statistical techniques that include measures of central tendency, range, stem-and-leaf plots, and box-and-whisker graphs. Cigarettes
Creek
Geyser
Salary

 

Algebra II

AII.19 The student will collect and analyze data to make predictions, write equations, and solve practical problems. Graphing calculators will be used to investigate scatteplots to determine the equation for a curve of best fit. Birth Rate

 

Algebra II and Trigonometry

AII/T.19 The student will collect and analyze data to make predictions, write equations, and solve practical problems. Graphing calculators will be used to investigate scatterplots to determine the equation for a curve of best fit. Cooling
Insulation

 

Mathematical Analysis

MA.9 The student will investigate and identify the characteristics of exponential and logarithmic functions in order to graph these functions and to solve equations and practical problems. This will include the role of e, natural and common logarithms, laws of exponents and logarithms, and the solution of logarithmic and exponential equations. Graphing utilities will be used to investigate and verify the graphs and solutions. Cooling
Insulation

 

Computer Mathematics

COM.22 The student will solve practical consumer problems that involve analyzing and interpreting graphs, charts, and/or tables. Diamond
2-DMedical
3-DMedical
COM.24 The student will solve probability, data analysis, and statistical problems. DIGSTATS

Science

Earth Science

ES.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:
  • technologies, including computers, are used to collect, analyze, and report data and to demonstrate concepts and simulate experimental conditions;
  • scales, diagrams, maps, charts, graphs, tables, and profiles are constructed and interpreted; and
  • variables are manipulated with repeated trials.
Coliform
Dandelion
Geyser
3-DWeather
ES.9 The student will investigate and understand how freshwater resources are influenced by geologic processes and the activities of humans. Key concepts include:
  • identification of other sources of fresh water including aquifers with reference to the hydrologic cycle and
  • dependence on freshwater resources and the affects of human usage on water quality.
Creek
Geyser
ES.13 The student will investigate and understand that energy transfer between the sun, Earth, and the Earth's atmosphere drives weather and climate on Earth. Key concepts include:
  • observation and collection of weather data;
  • prediction of weather patterns; and
  • weather phenomena and the factors that affect climate.
3-DWeather

 

Biology

BIO.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which:
  • graphing and arithmetic calculations are used as tools in data analysis;
  • conclusions are formed based on recorded quantitative and qualitative data; and
  • alternative explanations and models are recognized and analyzed.
Cigarettes
Dandelion
Ethylene Glycol
Friutfly
2-DMedical
3-DMedical
BIO.8 The student will investigate and understand how populations change through time. Key concepts include:
  • investigating how variation of traits, reproductive strategies, and environmental pressures impact on the survival of populations; and
  • recognizing how adaptations lead to natural selection.
Birth Rate
Dandelion
Friutfly
BIO.9 The student will investigate and understand dynamic equilibria within populations, communities, and ecosystems. Key concepts include:
  • interactions within and among populations including carrying capacities, limiting factors, and growth curves;
  • succession patterns in ecosystems;
  • the effects of natural events and human influences on ecosystems; and
  • analysis of local ecosystems.
Dandelion
Friutfly

 

Physics

PH.2 The student will investigate and understand how to analyze and interpret data. Key concepts include:
  • interpolated, extrapolated, and analyzed trends are used to make predictions;
  • inferential statistical tests are applied in evaluating experimental data; and
  • analysis of systems employs vector quantities utilizing trigonometric and graphical methods.
Tokamak
2-DEnergy
3-DEnergy

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