Outlining A Project Proposal

Outlining A Project Proposal

Introduction to the Project

Opening

Introduction to the Project

Today you will form groups and choose a statistical question to answer. This question will be the basis of your statistics project. The question you choose must be one that requires you to collect and analyze numerical data to find the answer(s).

You will work on this project over the course of the unit. You will be given some class time to work on your project, but you will also work on it at home. At the end of the unit, your group will present your project to the class. Your teacher will use a project rubric to evaluate all of the projects.

  • Look through the rubric and discuss it with your classmates.

HANDOUT: Distributions and Variability Project Introduction

Math Mission

Opening

Choose a project group and project question, and write a proposal for your project.

Choose a Project

Work Time

Choose a Project

The project list below includes many question ideas. You can choose one of these questions or think of a different question that your group would like to pursue.

If your group wants to research a different topic, think of a question that interests you, and then make sure you will be able to collect numerical data for the question. You can use the Internet to collect the data. Here are some ideas:

  • Sports: What is the typical height of an NBA player?
  • Nature: How tall is a typical sequoia tree?
  • Presidents: How old is a typical president upon entering office?
  • States: How many people live in a typical state?

In your group, choose a question for your statistics project.
HANDOUT: Picking a Question

About the Project

Work Time

About the Project

With your group, write a proposal to your teacher about the statistics project that you would like to work on.

  • Make sure your proposal includes the following:
    • The names of the people in your group.
    • Your statistical question.
    • An explanation of how you will collect your data.
    • A prediction of what your results will be.
  • Submit your proposal to your teacher for approval.

Make Connections

Performance Task

Ways of Thinking: Make Connections

Listen as groups share their project ideas with the class.

Hint:

As your classmates present, ask questions such as:

  • Why did you choose this question?
  • What do you expect the results to be?
  • How are you going to collect your data?
  • How will you report your data?

Reflect on Your Work

Work Time

Reflection

Write a reflection about the ideas discussed in class today. Use this sentence starter if you find it to be helpful.

The reason we chose this statistics project question is …