NFS Curriculum Update :: May & June 2016
Students continue graphing scatterplots and begin graphing absolute value functions, both by hand and digitally. This includes being able to master several different key sequences and determining a trend line for the scatterplot. Then, we will move into properties of exponents and learning the shortcuts to simplifying monomials with multiple exponents. Statisticians will then explore data analysis, finding measures of central tendency, and organizing class data in visual displays. Box and whisker plots, histograms and stem and leaf are examples of these. Project-based learning may include students answering the questions: What kind of data helps predict an Oscar winner? Do profitable films tend to win Oscars? Do hitters or pitchers have more impact on a team’s wins? What NFL stat is most strongly correlated with wins? Can money buy championships?
Seventh graders will be reviewing and applying properties of exponents for all operations, including fractional and negative exponents. Next, we will be working on data analysis and probability - creating histograms, box and whisker plots, and stem and leaf plots both by hand and digitally. Students will investigate standard deviations and identify any outliers from the majority. Project-based learning may include students answering the questions: Does the age of the award-winning star in a film relate to the overall gross of the movie? Is there a correlation between gun ownership and gun violence? Do United States Presidents with the most children live longer after they have been inaugurated?