Creating a Dot Plot
Video Solutions to help grade 6 students learn how to create a dot plot of a given data set and summarize a given data set using equal length intervals and construct a frequency table.
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New York State Common Core Math Module 6, Grade 6, Lesson 3
Lesson 3 Student Outcomes
• Students create a dot plot of a given data set.
• Students summarize a given data set using equal length intervals and construct a frequency table.
• Based on a frequency table, students describe the distribution.
Lesson 3 Summary
This lesson described how to make a dot plot. This plot starts with a number line labeled from the smallest to the
largest value. Then, a dot is placed above the number on the number line for each value in your data.
This lesson also described how to make a frequency table. A frequency table consists of three columns. The first
column contains all the values of the data listed in order from smallest to largest. The second column is the tally
column, and the third column is the number of tallies for each data value.
Lesson 3 Classwork
Example 1: Hours of Sleep
Robert, a 6th grader at Roosevelt Middle School, usually goes to bed around 10:00 p.m. and gets up around 6:00 a.m. to
get ready for school. That means that he gets about 8 hours of sleep on a school night. He decided to investigate the
statistical question: How many hours per night do 6th graders usually sleep when they have school the next day?
Robert took a survey of 6th graders and collected the following data to answer the question:
7 8 5 9 9 9 7 7 10 10 11 8 8 8 12 6 11 10 8 8 9 9 9 8 10 9 9 8
Robert decided to make a dot plot of the data to help him answer his statistical question. Robert first drew a number line
and labeled it from 5 to 12 to match the lowest and highest number of hours slept.
He then placed a dot above for the first piece of data he collected. He continued to place dots above the numbers until
each number was represented by a dot.
1. Complete Robert’s dot plot by placing a dot above the number on the number line for each number of hours slept.
If there is already a dot above a number, then add another dot above the dot already there.
2. What are the least and the most hours of sleep reported in the survey of 6th graders?
3. What is the most common number of hours slept?
4. How many hours of sleep describes the center of the data?
5. Think about how many hours of sleep you usually get on a school night. How does your number compare with the
number of hours of sleep from the survey of 6th graders?
Here are the data for the number of hours 6th graders sleep when they don’t have school the next day:
6. Make a dot plot of the number of hours slept when there is no school the next day.
7. How many hours of sleep with no school the next day describe the center of the data?
8. What are the least and most hours slept with no school the next day reported in the survey?
9. Do students sleep longer when they don’t have school the next day than they do when they do have school the next
day? Explain your answer using the data in both dot plots.
Example 2: Building and Interpreting a Frequency Table
A group of 6th graders investigated the statistical question: “How many hours per week do 6
sport or outdoor game?”
Here are the data the students collected from a sample of 26 6th graders showing the number of hours per week spent
playing a sport or a game outdoors:
To help organize the data, the students placed the number of hours into a frequency table. A frequency table lists items
and how often each item occurs.
To build a frequency table, first draw three columns. Label one column “Number of Hours Playing a Sport/Game,” label
the second column “Tally,” and the third column “Frequency.” Since the least number of hours was 0, and the most was
12, list the numbers from 0 to 12 under the “Number of Hours” column.
As you read each number of hours from the survey, place a tally mark opposite that number. The table shows a tally
mark for the first number 3.
10. Complete the tally mark column.
11. For each number of hours, find the total number of tally marks and place this in the frequency column.
12. Make a dot plot of the number of hours playing a sport or playing outdoors.
13. What number of hours describes the center of the data?
14. How many 6th graders reported that they spend eight or more hours a week playing a sport or playing outdoors?
15. The 6th graders wanted to answer the question, "How many hours do 6th graders spend per week playing a sport or
playing an outdoor game?" Using the frequency table and the dot plot, how would you answer the 6th graders'
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