Doing Math or Doing Statistics?
After completing the required readings from Kiss My Math (McKellar, 2009) and
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teaching Developmentally (Van de
Walle, Karp, & Bay-Williams, 2013) discuss the following
Which of the following questions is doing statistics? Which is doing mathematics?
How? Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and
your research. (Questions taken from Van de Walle, Karp, & Bay-Williams,
1 The average weight of 50 prize-winning tomatoes is 2.36 pounds What is the
combined weight, in pounds, of these 50 tomatoes?
0.0472 d. 59
11.8 c. 118
2 Joc had thrce test scores of 78, 76, and 74. Mary had scores of 72, .82, and 74. How
did Joc's average (mean) compare to Mary's average (mcan) score?
Joc's was one point higher.
Joc's was one point lower.
Both averages were the same.
Joc's was two points higher.
Joc's was two points lower.
3 The table below gives the times each girl has recorded for seven runnings of the
100-meter dash this year. Only one gir] may compete in the upcoming
tournament Which girl would you select for the tollrnament and why?
Race Times for Three Runners
Finally, create your own question that requires students to do statistics. As you are
designing the question, kcep in mind the requirements for what it means to do
statistics Explain how your question requires students to do statistics.
Van de Walle, J. A., Karp, K. S., & Bay-Williams, J. M. (2013). Elementary and middle
mathematics: Teaching developmentally . (8th cd.). Boston, MA: Pearson
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Explanation: The sample problem is a Mathematical problem as the individual solving the problem only has to estimate and multiple to find the product. The attributes of a Mathematical computation is to form a simple function(s) in a linear fashion and the problem could be totally solved without utilizing and properties...