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## Making Sense of Data: Context Matters

Gain insight into the ways that students reason about measurement units and use data to draw conclusions.

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## Solve It! Tom versus Tom

### little problems with big solutions

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate which movie career was more successful, that of Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks.

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## Math for Real: Preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics

### “when will I ever use this?”

This problem involves medal placements during the Winter Olympic games.

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## Finding What Fits

Students explore six tasks to develop criteria for finding an informal line of best fit.

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## Gone Fishing: Science, Proportions, and Probability

An outdoor context can reel in two important mathematical ideas and catch students' misconceptions in the process.

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## Invention Activities Support Statistical Reasoning

Students investigate how well an online game helps them learn.

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## How Many Jelly Beans are in the Jar?

Students' mathematical intuition about estimation can serve as an entry point for tasks exploring measures of center.

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## Dropping In on the Math of Plinko

Students design game boards and gather experimental data to better understand the hidden mathematics in a common television game show.

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## Structurally Sound Statistics Instruction

Implementing the practice of looking for and making use of structure differs when addressing statistics content standards compared with mathematics content standards. Read about suggestions for tuning out noise in data to teach SMP 7 in statistics.

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## Problem Solve with Presidential Data

An engaging activity analyzing the average age of U.S. presidents not only integrates history and mathematics but also examines measures of central tendency and its appropriate uses.