McREL Standards Activity
Data Shuffle
 Purpose:  As a result of this activity, students will be able to recognize that data can be presented in different ways that convey different messages.  Related Standard & Benchmarks:  Mathematics   Standard 6.  Understands and applies basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis     Level III [Grade 68]     Benchmark 6. Organizes and displays data using tables, graphs (e.g., line, circle, bar), frequency distributions, and plots (e.g., stemandleaf, boxandwhiskers, scatter) 
 Mathematics   Standard 6.  Understands and applies basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis     Level III [Grade 68]     Benchmark 8. Understands that the same set of data can be represented using a variety of tables, graphs, and symbols and that different modes of representation often convey different messages (e.g., variation in scale can alter a visual message) 

 Student Product:  Graphic display of data, Report comparing displays  Material & Resources:  Graphs from newspapers, magazines, or advertisements  Teacher's Note:  The graphs can either be provided for the students, or the students may be required to find graphs on their own to bring to class  Activity  In a newspaper, magazine, or other source, each student is to find an advertisement or persuasive article that uses charts or graphs to present data. Materials should be chosen that contain sufficient information to construct graphs with a different format and/or scale. Each student is then to create a new display using the same information but altering the format or scale to communicate a completely different message. Students should write a comparison of the two displays and evaluate why the advertisers chose the format they did (i.e., what message were they trying to convey through their choices).  
