In this math project your student has been commissioned to be a statistician for a very important government official. A special day is coming where our country will be honoring our past (and present) presidents.
The person looking to hire them would like some interesting data, facts and findings about the president’s birthdays and their ages when they took office. They’ll be using the information you present to them in part of a special ceremony that will be televised to the country.
This math project requires collecting data in an organized way from raw data that is given to the student. Students love to analyze birthdays, so why not make it educational with the Presidents of the United States? I use it during the month of February, which typically is the celebration of Presidents’ Day.
Everything you’ll need is included in this project, except for poster paper at the end. My students use 11 x 17 paper for their poster, but you can use any size you’d like.
Included in this resource:
1. An instruction page to the student.
2. Raw data on the birthdays and ages the U.S. Presidents took office. (As of February 2014)
3. Eleven problems to work through in the process including:
* Determining the ages of past presidents if they were still alive
* Collecting data on birth dates by century
* A pie chart template for inputing the century data
* A table for collecting data on the months that the presidents were born,
* A bar graph template for inputing the month data
* Collecting data on the year each president took office
* 4 questions to find the mean, median, mode and range of the age data
* A guidelines/pre-write sheet for creating the poster at the end.
4. Answer keys for the problems.
Note: Hints are given to help students calculate percentage, mean, median, and mode.
This challenge is appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups.