Survey Says!


Tip: Survey Says!

How do I do it?
Asking questions of interest and collecting the data from peers and community members and the wider population supports students in their grasp of basic concepts behind statistics and probability.  For example, K-3 students can ask, "Do more students wear shoes that tie or shoes that fasten with velcro?" or "Do you like cats or dogs better?"  3rd - 6th students can ask, "What do students drink with lunch?" or "How many students were born in this state?"  Middle and high school students can be more sophisticated in choosing their questions, revising them, and then working with the data collected to ask more questions of interest like, "What kind of traffic problems are there and how can they be fixed?" or "Who is the most popular singer?"  These questions may interest students, but the questions need to be refined so that they are answerable.  The trick is to have students generate questions for which they'd really like the answers!  This will sustain their interest throughout data collection and analysis.  Students can use clipboards divided into 2 columns for questions with 2 possible answers and tally the responses.  Older students can pass out paper surveys or create online surveys using free web-based survey programs like Survey Monkey or QuikSurvey.

Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards 4&5
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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