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Math Awareness Month, Grades 9-12

2016 Theme: The Future of Prediction

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Curriculum resources, including lesson plans, background reading, printables and video, for grades 9-12 address the 2016 Math Awareness Month theme: The Future of Prediction.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

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.

The United States Of Obesity ( PDF, 682 KB, 16 pgs.) Students in grades 9-12 explore the relationship between obesity and poverty and use calculators to fit a simple linear regression equation with poverty predicting obesity. Standards are listed.

The Fascinating Math of Sunflowers Students in grades 9-12 use graphing calculators to find the Least-Squares Regression lines of sunflower growth data, and then compare this data to the extrapolations. This is a culminating activity. For the complete curriculum, see Planting the Seed: Conducting Research STEM Integrated Project. Standards are listed. NOTE: Free registration is required.


Random Coin Toss Flip a virtual coin to explore probability.      

Background Resources:

2016 Theme Poster  Download the theme poster ( PDF, 577 KB, 1 pg.)

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.


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


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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