Box and Whisker Plot Comparison Activity
This product is based off the box and whisker activity students would complete as a Do Now or station activity by furthering their understanding of box and whisker plots (analyzing data, drawing, and then comparing). A COLOR CODED answer key is provided so that you can see how to #TeachInColor !
For the collection of data by your students, you can use height, how far a student can jump all starting at the same line, or even how far to throw a cotton ball -the examples are endless.
Make sure to grab your free download of this lesson in portrait form to use as an introduction to box and whisker plots.
Students will be able to understand how to create and draw box and whisker plot diagrams through this student-centered activity with a bit of teacher-direction. Students will also be able to analyze data and compare.
To start as a Do Now, students will write their height* (in inches or to your choosing –make sure to write on the board or announce to the class what measure you would like their height to be recorded in) on the board. Students can use the worksheet to record the data that they have now collected. Students can work together to put them in order form least to greatest or on their own. *You can use height, how far a student can jump all starting at the same line, or even how far to throw a cotton ball -the examples are endless.
You can also split the classroom up with gentlemen vs ladies, or you can simply split them into two groups. Each group will be responsible for creating their box and whisker plot.
You can use this worksheet to introduce box and whisker plots by color coding the worksheet (a sample answer key is provided for the color coding portion).
Key values: lower extreme [minimum], first quartile [lower quartile/lower median], median, third quartile [upper quartile/upper median], upper extreme [maximum]
The circles next to the words can be used to help color code the words so that the students can visually see where it all would be used to draw the box and whisker plot.
On the board, you can have the students or yourself draw both box and whisker plots from the groups, which can then be used to compare information. You will guide the students into a discussion about the similarities and the differences.
This activity is adapted for other data to be used if you would like to use something other than heights.