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The Typical StudentAre you a typical student? What is typical of a William Davies Middle School Student?


The Task:You have been asked to help teachers understand their students better. You must collect numerical data about the lives of students and present your findings to the faculty of your school. Survey at least 25 students and include data about how students spend their spare time, what they wear, where they shop, what they like to eat, etc. You must include 10 different aspects about student life in your data. You must then analyze your data and present it in a variety of data representations. Include a typed page of what a typical student is based on your data. Use the rubric on the following page to guide your work.


The Process:
  1. Create a 5 question survey that requires students to answer each question with a number. Here are some free sites on which you can create your survey.
    1. __http://www.surveymonkey.com/?cmpid=eng:us:ps:bing__- free online survey and questionnaire tool
    2. http://www.quizsnack.com/- embed quizzes and have real-time reporting
    3. http://freeonlinesurveys.com/welcome.asp- Free Surveys
    4. http://www.quiz-tree.com/index.html- Free quizzes for everyone
    5. http://www.mystudiyo.com/create- quiz creator
    6. http://www.polleverywhere.com/ - Extremely cool tool. Poll is taken through text messages and live updates are shown in Power Point.
  2. The data from all questions must be represented in every required graph or data representation form.
  3. Create the following to clearly represent your data
    1. number line plot
    2. histogram
    3. box and whisker plot
    4. stem and leaf plot
    5. scatter plot
  4. For the results of each of your five questions, find the mean, median, and mode. Discuss which of these averages best represents the data for each question.
  5. For each question in your survey give percentiles and interquartile range.
  6. Be sure to display all work neatly and in an organized manner, your work should include few to no errors. Double check your work.
  7. Your explanation should show complete understanding of the concepts being studied, be well written with few spelling and grammar mistakes, and accurately use math vocabulary.
  8. Create a Venn diagram comparing yourself to the "typical student."


Here are some sample survey questions. You may use these or create your own. Just make sure you are collecting numerical data.

  1. How many brothers and sisters do you have (include half and step)?
  2. How many bedrooms do you have in your house or apartment?
  3. How many miles do you live from school?
  4. How many minutes does it take you to get to school?
  5. How long do you spend on your math homework on a given night (include studying for tests and quizzes)?
  6. What was the grade on your last math test?
  7. How much money do you spend on food in a typical week?
  8. How many times do you go to the movies in a month?
  9. Use the following rating scale to tell how you feel about hip hop music.
1 = hate it 2 = dislike it 3 = okay 4 = like it 5 = love it
10 Use the following rating scale to tell how you feel about country music.
1 = hate it 2 = dislike it 3 = okay 4 = like it 5 = love it
11. Use the following rating scale to tell how you feel about jazz music.
1 = hate it 2 = dislike it 3 = okay 4 = like it 5 = love it
12. How much to you spend on clothes in a typical month (include what you buy and your parents)?
13. Use the following rating scale to tell how you feel about the clothes at __ (insert popular store).
1 = hate them 2 = dislike them 3 = okay 4 = like them 5 = love them

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