Sample Virus Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for a Univariate Data Analysis unit used at Ft. Lupton Middle School for 7th Grade Math. Developed by Krista Marshall and Darrel Stice.
Key concepts for Unit
- Univariate Data Analysis
- Statistical Tools (measures of central tendency)
- Graphical Representations (dot plots, box plots)
- Day 1: Classroom
- Pre-test (pdf | word doc): material includes creating a scatter plot, drawing line of best fit and finding equation; using equation to make predictions
- Unit Introduction/Suggested instruction:
- Virus Simulation Unplugged activity for acting out a virus outbreak (appx 45 minutes)
- Day 2: Computer Lab
- Why simulations? Introduction to simulations (prezi presentation in a zip archive): doing real statistics - e.g. Global warming (NCAR), virus, forest fires – can’t or shouldn’t do in real life
- Introduce pre-built AgentSheets Contagion/Virus Simulation to use for data collection. If time permits, the students can build their own simulation from scratch before data collection.
- Data Collection: Students run several trials of the simulation at different inoculation rates. The results (total dead) are recorded on the data collection sheet (pdf | word doc) and students find an average of the trials for each rate of inoculation. The average values by inoculation rate are then recorded in a class data set.
- Day 3: Classroom
- Finding Means
- Data Compilation on newsprint posters
- Day 4: Classroom
- Use data to learn box-plots
- Overlay box-plots on dot plots from earlier data compilation
- Day 5: Classroom
Lappan, G., Fey, J. T., Fitzgerald, W. M., Friel, S. N., & Phillips, E. D. (2006). Samples and Populations: Data and Statistics; Teacher's Guide. Boston, Mass.; Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall.