# 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

• Sampling
• Univariate Data Analysis
• Statistical Tools (measures of central tendency)
• Graphical Representations (dot plots, box plots)

## Unit Outline

• 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
• Unit review