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Unit4, Section1: Campaigns and Community

Instructional Days: 5

Enduring Understandings

Modeling Activities are posed as open-ended problems that are designed to challenge students to build models in order to solve complex, real-world problems. They may be used to engage students in statistical reasoning and provide a means to better understand students' thinking.


Students will watch a video called Fighting Pollution Through Data. This video will set the context of the real-world problem facing many cities around the world — trash. The video provides background information as well as a baseline topic to launch ideas for the modeling process. The video can be found at:

Learning Objectives


According to the California Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CCSS-M) Framework:

“Modeling links classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work, and decision-making. Modeling is the process of choosing and using appropriate mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, to understand them better, and to improve decisions. Quantities and their relationships in physical, economic, public policy, social, and everyday situations can be modeled using mathematical and statistical methods. When making mathematical models, technology is valuable for varying assumptions, exploring consequences, and comparing predictions with data."

Focus Standards for Mathematical Practice:

SMP-4: Model with mathematics.

Data Science:

Students will apply the conceptual understandings learned up to this point in the curriculum.

Applied Computational Thinking using RStudio:

• Create a Participatory Sensing campaign using a campaign Authoring Tool.

Real-World Connections:

Engineers, data scientists, and statisticians, to name a few, use modeling in their everyday work. Whether it is for creating a scale model of a bridge or a mathematical model of force impact measures, modeling is an integral part of what they do in the real world.

Language Objectives

  1. Students will use complex sentences to construct summary statements about their understanding of data, how it is collected, how it used, and how to work with it.

  2. Students will engage in partner and whole group discussions to express their understanding of data science concepts.

  3. Students will read informative texts to evaluate claims based on data.

Data File or Data Collection Method

Data File:

  1. Trash: data(trash)

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