Please find an example of a student task focused on data visualization entitled “Scatter Plot Basketball” at the following link: http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/3620.html.

I thought this was a great lesson for showing students how to use scatter plots. The lesson asks students to take 30 seconds to try to score as many lay-ups as they can, and then represent the data using a scatter plot. What a great way to engage students and to show them the relavance of this data visualization tool. It seems that it would be clear by the end of the lesson whether or not students mastered the objective by seeing their scatter-plot. The teacher could also use formative assessment during the lesson via scanning to determine whether or not students were grasping the material. Giddyup!

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Neat! Students can also try to predict their plots before starting, which will be an additional hook. They will want to see if their actual plots are close to what they guessed, or not.