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Summarizing and Interpreting Data Sets

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Grade 6 Statistics - 6.SP.A.3

Tips on Summarizing and Interpreting Data Sets Analyzing vast data sets can take a lot of time and effort. Statisticians introduced several ways through which large data can easily be summarized and interpreted. Here are some useful tips that can help you summarize and interpret data with ease and convenience. - Start with organizing the data. There is several ways you can do it, such as ascending order and descending order, which is the most common way. - Represent data visually in the form of graphs, line plots, stem-and-leaf plots, bar graphs, histograms, pie charts - Work out measures of central tendency that are called mean and median of the data. Mean is the average of the data, and the median is the central value of the data. - Find the modal value of the data. - You can also work out the variance and standard deviation which is a measure of how tightly or widely the data is spread in a data set. These lessons and worksheets will help you understand how to break down a data set and make sense of it.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons


  • A Piece of Cake- Use the sales ledger from the past four weeks of sales at Rose's bakery to answer these questions.

  • Fishing for Answers! - We make sense of the weight of the fish caught at a local fishing derby.

  • Sure Temperature - Researchers are trying to see patterns in the weather data of 3 days.

  • TV Time - One thing is for sure! Ashley's family watches way too much television.

  • Magnificent Magazines - A magazine sales fundraiser tally is in. Who was the best salesperson?


Stem and Leaf Activity Sheets with Answers

Students first create the stem and leaf plot. Then they use it to answer questions. This is a great way to see how stem and leaf plots help us make sense of data quickly.

  • Camp - Jerry did jobs around the community to earn money to attend basketball camp.

  • Rope Jumping - Martha loves to jump rope. She has been trying to see how many times she can jump before tripping. Here is a list of her consecutive jumping attempts.

  • Cookies - Rita baked cookies for a school bake sale. She made many batches. Each time she tried a new recipe she kept track of the number of cookies each recipe made.

  • Cars - To pass time while on a trip, Paul counted red cars seen each day while on the highway.

  • Runner - Gilbert ran a quarter mile with these totals for minutes one week.