Common Core: 6th Grade Math : Understand Data is Collected to Answer a Question and has a Center, Spread, and Shape: CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.2

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Example Question #1 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 

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Possible Answers:

Symmetric 

 

Right skewed 

Left skewed 

 

Correct answer:

Left skewed 

 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot has most of the data on the right side; thus, left skewed is the correct answer. 

 

Example Question #1 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 

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Possible Answers:

Right skewed 

Symmetric 

Left skewed 

Correct answer:

Symmetric 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot provided has a bell shape look; thus, symmetric is the correct answer. 

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Example Question #2 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 


4

Possible Answers:

Left skewed 

 

Symmetric 

 

Right skewed 

Correct answer:

Right skewed 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot is mostly on the left side; thus, right skewed is the correct answer. 

 

Example Question #3 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 


5

Possible Answers:

Left skewed 

 

Right skewed 

Symmetric 

Correct answer:

Symmetric 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot provided has a bell shape look; thus, symmetric is the correct answer. 

 

Example Question #4 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 


6

Possible Answers:

Symmetric 

Left skewed 

Right skewed 

Correct answer:

Left skewed 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot has most of the data on the right side; thus, left skewed is the correct answer. 

Example Question #5 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Select the description that best describes the distribution of the data shown in the provided dot plot. 

7

Possible Answers:

Right skewed 

Left skewed 

Symmetric 

Correct answer:

Right skewed 

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to define our answer options:

Symmetric: A symmetric distribution will have a middle, or center, and each side from the middle will look fairly similar. Many symmetrical distributions are bell shaped, with the middle being tall, and the two sides thinning out. 

Left skewed: A left skewed distribution will have most of the data on the right side of the number line.  

Right skewed: A right skewed distribution will have most of the data on the left side of the number line.  

The data shown in the number plot is mostly on the left side; thus, right skewed is the correct answer. 

Example Question #6 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Mrs. Frame's class counted the number pencils that each student had in his/her desk. The distribution of this data is show in the dot plot provided. What is the center of this distribution? 

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The data in the distribution shows the number of pencils each student found in his/her desk. Each student found  pencils in their desks. Based on this, and by looking at the graph, we can see that the enter of the distribution is 

Example Question #7 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Mrs. Frame's class counted the number pencils that each student had in his/her desk. The distribution of this data is show in the dot plot provided. What is the most number of pencils that her students found? 

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The dot plot is on a number line that is numbered from  is the highest number on the number line, but there are no dots above that number, which means no one found  pencils in their desk.  is the next highest number, and there are two dots over the number on the number line; thus, the correct answer is 

Example Question #8 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

Mrs. Frame's class counted the number pencils that each student had in his/her desk. The distribution of this data is show in the dot plot provided. How many pencils did most of the students have? 

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

If we look at the dot plot provided, the most number of dots is above the number  on the number line. There are  dots above the number , which means that  students found  pencils in their desks, which is the most students for the same number of pencils; thus,  is the correct answer. 

Example Question #9 : Understand Data Is Collected To Answer A Question And Has A Center, Spread, And Shape: Ccss.Math.Content.6.Sp.A.2

A flower shop counted the number of flowers sold during a  month period. The distribution of this data is show in the histogram provided. What is the center of this distribution? 

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Possible Answers:

March

July

June

May

April

Correct answer:

May

Explanation:

The data in the distribution shows the number of flowers sold in each month. By looking at the graph, we can see that there are  bars representing  months, and the month of May is in the middles; thus, May is the center of this distribution. 

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