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ERIC Number: EJ1046790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
The Oldest Person You've Known
Bush, Sarah B.; Karp, Karen S.; Albanese, Judy; Dillon, Fred
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n5 p278-285 Dec 2014
What better way to interest students in mathematics than using a Super Bowl® commercial? A Prudential® insurance commercial aired during the Super Bowl in 2013 was the impetus for this lesson (see it here on You-Tube™: watch?v=IsNiKGMSHUQ). In the commercial, four hundred people were polled on "How Old Is the Oldest Person You've Known?" and each was given a sticker to place on a larger-than-life dot plot marking the age of the oldest person they knew. The authors re-created this activity for sixth-grade and seventh-grade students to engage them in collecting meaningful data, creating organized data displays, and analyzing and interpreting the data to draw generalizations. They also posed a series of questions about measures of central tendency, the shape of data, the interquartile range, absolute mean deviation, representativeness, predictions, and more. The activity was tested in the sixth-grade and seventh-grade classes taught by one of the authors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A