Data are gathered in various ways. One common strategy is use of surveys. On the surface, this may seem simple—ask questions, record answers, tabulate and analyze results to draw conclusions. But the reality is that writing survey questions to collect the data needed instead of the data desired is easier said than done.
In this activity, student pairs or trios work to review the elements of good survey questions and then write six or more questions of their own.
Standards: CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3, Grades 6 – 8
Objective: Students work in teams to review tips for writing survey questions and then work in their teams to create six or more good questions.
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