# Math Awareness Month, Grades 6-8

## 2016 Theme: The Future of Prediction

Curriculum resources, including lesson plans, background reading, printables and video, for grades 6-8 address the 2016 Math Awareness Month theme: The Future of Prediction.

#### Lesson Plans:

**Experimental vs. Statistical Probability** Students in **grade 7** collect experimental data to predict statistical probability. Standards are listed.

**Predicting The Future With Best-Fit Lines** Students in **grades 8-9** use scatter plots and best-fit lines to make predictions based on data.

**Mathematical Probability** Activities for **K-8 **teachers to practice using mathematical probabilities to predict the expected frequencies of outcomes from repeated trials of random experiments.

**Probability And Statistics For Elementary And Middle School Teachers** (3 MB, 192 pgs) Provides instruction and activities in concepts.

#### Activities:

**Random Coin Toss ** Flip a virtual coin to explore probability.

#### Background Resources:

**2016 Theme Poster** Download the theme poster (577 KB)

**2016 Theme Essays** Articles on using oil and gas prices to predict industrial production, predictors for health and wellness, and how forecasting methods have evolved.

**Mathematics Awareness Month April 2016 Theme-Related Resources** Simulations, games, puzzles, journal articles, data, and videos dealing exploring prediction.

**AMS Mathematics Awareness Month-Related Resources** Lists books, articles, and posters.

**The Quest To Predict Severe Weather Sooner**An article that examines efforts to improve the prediction of severe weather beyond two days.

**Using Statistics To Predict Rogue Waves** Discusses a mathematical model to derive the probability of extreme waves.

**Statistician Uses Mathematics To Predict Oscar Winners**

**Oscars: Predicting The Nominations Using Just Math** A mathematical model to calculate the probability a nominee will win an Oscar.

#### Podcasts:

**Predicting Climate** (6:30) A conversation about math and predictive models, climate and climate change, and climate change mitigation.

#### Video:

**Probability Space** (2:15) A visual explanation of sample space for random events.

**Probability With Dice** (2:05) Charts the sample space for rolling two dice and then calculates the probability of rolling an 8.

**Describing Distributions: New Balance** (**grades 5-7**) A video that describes how a graphical representation of data can help predict the quantity of each shoe and size to produce to meet consumer demand and maximize sales.

**Math At The Core: Middle School** More media and activities, aligned with Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

*last updated: March 25, 2016*

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