NCTM Standards addressed:
II. Assumed prior experience with:
IV. Learning Objectives:
V. Materials & Technology Needed:
Step 1: Have students choose to either read
the newspaper headlines or watch the news for lead stories.
Step 2: Have students make a spreadsheet
recording the "events" that they see in the headlines and lead
stories for two weeks. For
example: hurricane, murder, etc. After
they have listed the event they should put marks for each day the "event"
Step 3: Using the data they collected have
each student individually estimate how often these things occur every two
Step 4: Have students highlight the "events"
they have experienced themselves. Do
their estimates of occurrences match their personal experiences?
Step 5: Group students into groups of 3 to
Step 6: Have the groups discuss the actual frequency of such events and make an overhead presentation of their findings to present to the class.
Step 7: Class discussion led by the teacher.
Now that the students have done this activity ask them this question:
(Have them respond individually on a piece
Which do you think is more prevalent, deaths
by homicide or deaths by stroke?
After they respond, tally up the number of students who answered stroke and who answered homicide. Ask the students to discuss the rationale for their answers. Ask them which kind of deaths would the media be more inclined to report.