Depending on your schedule you may have one or two days to review chapter 1. We actually spent two days reviewing. We spent one day going over Quiz 1.3 and then working through the Barry Bonds activity. The second day we used a google form to practice multiple choice, and students worked on a Desmos activity in pairs.
Activity: Barry Bonds’ Homerun Hits
Students were in groups of 4 and each group was assigned either a histogram, stemplot, dotplot or boxplot. We gave each group the Barry Bonds data and asked them create a display for the data and answer the following on a white board:
- Describe the distribution.
- What are the advantages of your type of display?
- What are the disadvantages of your type of display?
- Which type of display would you prefer for this set of data?
After the groups have completed the task, have students bring their displays to the front and discuss the results with the class. We like to use the SOCV acronym (Shape, Outliers, Center, Variability) for describing displays.
Activity: Multiple Choice Practice on Google Forms
Students have a really hard time adjusting to the multiple choice questions in AP. We wanted to have students practice some multiple choice questions before the test. In the textbook there is a practice test that has 11 multiple choice questions. We paired students up and had them work on the questions together. When they finished they submitted their responses in a google form. You could have students complete the multiple choice as homework if you only have one day to review. Google forms are awesome for review because we could see very quickly how students are doing. We looked over the summary responses at the end of class and went through any problems that had incorrect responses submitted.
Activity: Desmos Activity on Standard Deviation (thanks Rob Peterson)
When groups had finished the Google form, they began working on this Desmos activity that we found. Students have to sort the cards into groups of 3. Students were really into it and had excellent discussions. It helped them get a better understanding of standard deviation and skew. If you create your own class code to send to students, you can see all of their work in real time. When you click on their name you can see their screen and can quickly let them know if they need to fix any groups. If you haven’t tried Desmos yet, you must, especially the classroom activities! It’s easily our favorite website for teaching math.