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Lesson 6:
Understanding Shape, Center, and Spread

Clarifying the Learning

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, you will develop an understanding of distributions. You will create a distribution from answers given to a statistical question. After a concept of distributions is created, you will compare different distributions and see that distributions can be different. Finally, you will learn the terms and characteristics that people use to identify differences in distributions.

Driving Questions

What is a statistical distribution?

What makes one distribution different from another distribution?

Defining Success

Content Standards and Objectives:

After completing this lesson, you should be able to understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.(M.6.SP.2)(CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.SP.A.2)

Standards for Mathematical Practices:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
    • This lesson will help you make sense of the term distribution and its various graphical representations.
  2. Look for and make use of structure
    • Building on that structure, you will learn how to make sense of data.


Upon mastering this objective, you should be able to conduct the tasks in the video below:

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