Resources to Teach Statistics in Elementary and Middle School

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Games that Teach Statistics – Play these now! Maturity is so over-rated!

AzTech: The Story Begins – The average number of students in Mr. Gonzalez’ classes has been going down. Where did they go? More importantly, will they be able to use their knowledge of math and history to make it back? Plays on the web and on iPad.

Forgotten Trail – Follow two teenagers who apply their knowledge of fractions, decimals, measurement and statistics to retrace the Ojibwe migration through the U.S. and Canada.

Statistics Videos

Bar Graphs Videos (and 1 pictograph)

Reading a pictograph – Pictographs are a fun, easy introduction to graphs. This video shows how to use a pictograph to answer questions, like how students get to school.

Answering questions with bar charts – Dr. Longie answers questions about the buffalo and keeps Mean Mena from getting him fired.

Mayan Trading –  Learning about distributions using bar graphs with examples from Mayan trading.
BONUS : Available in Spanish – El comercio Maya

Why did the Maya Hunt? – What’s an X axis? What’s a Y axis? Another example of using bar graphs, explaining Mayan hunting practices.
BONUS: Available in Spanish  ¿Por qué cazaban animales los Maya?

Central Tendency Measures Video

Finding the average – What is the mean? Can you sing the formula for it? Neither can our president but that didn’t stop her from trying.
BONUS: Available in Spanish – extra bonus, no singing. Encontrando el Promedio.

Distributions and Variability Video

Explaining Distributions and Variability – How can knowledge of distributions save you from angry, spear-wielding villagers? Watch this video from the AzTech Games series to find out.
BONUS : Available in Spanish.

Graph explaining Buffalo herd, used to teach statistics

Statistics Presentations

Bar Graphs PowerPoint Presentations (and 1 pictograph)

Reading A Pictograph – How to use a pictograph to answer questions, for example, what transportation do students use to get to school? IN SPANISH: Leer un pictograma  Don’t have PowerPoint and want it as a a PDF?  Here you go:  Reading a pictograph IN SPANISH: Leer un pictograma

Understanding Bar Graphs –  How do you read a bar graph? An example using a problem from the game, AzTech: Meet the Maya Don’t have PowerPoint? Get it as a PDF

Mayan Hunting To Teach Bar Graphs Using bar graphs to solve problems. IN SPANISH: Por qué cazaban animales los maya

Want it as a a PDF?  Here you go: Mayan hunting – PDF in SPANISH: Por qué cazaban animales los maya

Central Tendency Measures Presentations

Finding the average – Short, simple explanation and an example of finding the average.
BONUS: IN SPANISH: Cómo encontrar el Promedio Have it as a PDF? Want the PDF in Spanish?  Cómo encontrar el Promedio

Median – What’s a median and how do I find one? IN SPANISH: Mediana es el número que está en el medio
Want it as a PDF? Here it is in English and here is the PDF in Spanish .


Introducing Distributions – How can a confusion in the distribution of different trading items lead to angry villagers throwing a spear at you? Here is an example of distributions from AzTech: Meet the Maya. IN SPANISH: Introducción a las distribuciones
Don’t have PowerPoint and need a PDF? Download here. or PDF IN SPANISH: Introducción a las distribuciones

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