Instructional Activity# Example 3: Shape of the Histogram

Lesson 4. Unit 6. Grade 6 EngageNY

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 4, Unit 6, Grade 6. A histogram is useful to describe the shape of the data distribution. It is important to think about the shape of a data distribution because depending on the shape, there are different ways to describe important features of the distribution, such as center and variability. A group of students wanted to find out how long a certain brand of AA batteries lasted. The histogram below shows the data distribution for how long (in hours) that some AA batteries lasted. Looking at the shape of the histogram, notice how the data mound up around a center of approximately hours.