Statistics in War

A reading based lesson that focus on real world applications and history of math. Students read an article that explains how the Allies used pattern recognition and statistics to estimate the number of German tanks being produced during World War II.

By Ms. Goodrich
July 20, 2016
12th Grade Math

Writing Prompt

Statistics has many real world applications. During World War II, the Allies used point estimation to determine German tank production.

In small groups, discuss the problem that Wert describes in "How Allies Used Math Against German Tanks". What solutions to this problem were proposed? Which solution was successful? Find and circle the statistics terms used that we have studied, and discuss how these ideas were applied to the problem.

Student Activities (Approximate Time 20 Min.)

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Understanding Vocabulary in Context (20 min)

Use context clues to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in a text.
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12th Grade Literacy Standards in Math

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
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