Students research the most common month for birthdays in the school.
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PROBLEM: What is the most common month for birthdays at our school?
RESEARCH: Survey your class and find out what is the most common month for
birthdays in your class.
HYPOTHESIS: Do you think it will probably be the same for the whole school?
Tickets – to be distributed to all students at our school
Student population for the school
Data table – to be compiled during class by students who collected data
- Gather tickets from ten students at our school. Each student may volunteer
information only once.
- At the time you gather the tickets, record in your data the name of
the student and the month of birth of the student whose ticket you take.
Your data must include:
- The data you collect from ten students (See sample below)
- The data from your team
- Data from all the classes on the core team (See sample below)
- A graph that show the number of students whose birthdays are in each
month (See sample below)
CONCLUSION: This is not optional. You must explain what you learned by doing
this activity. Remember that you must answer the question you asked in your
original problem statement.
NOTE: BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGNS YOUR WORK.
PARENTS: YOUR SIGNATURE SHOWS YOUR STUDENT HAS DONE THE WORK
POSSIBLE HYPOTHESIS: Students may feel that the sample size with just one
class is sufficient. However, for the data to be dependable, a larger sample
must be taken.
POSSIBLE CONCLUSION: Students should compare the accuracy of their hypothesis
with the actual results. It will be interesting to see how accurate the original sample turns out.