Shapes of Distribution Guided Notes | Symmetrical, Uniform, Skewed


Introduce the shapes of distributions, including symmetrical, uniform, left-skewed, right-skewed distributions, as well as appropriate measures of centers with this 10-page packet of self-contained lessons! It includes guided notes with doodles, a color-by-number activity, an in-class practice problems sheet, and a real-life application. This lesson works well as a formal lesson, graphic organizer, scaffolded notes, or interactive notebooks.

Why you'll love this

Students learn through visual notes and practice problems, mazes, and doodle math (similar to a color-by-number activity), and then read about a real-life example of how shapes of distribution can be used in real life. It's a print-and-go and artsy lesson. If your students love color-by-number, color-by-code, or sketch notes, they'll love this 4-in-1 Doodle Notes and Practice lesson.

Standards covered...6.SP.B.5d Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered.

What's included... (10 pages total)

✅ Guided notes (2 pages)

  • Four shapes of distributions: symmetrical, uniform, positively skewed, negatively skewed (in dot plots and histograms)

  • Measures of center: mean versus median and when it is appropriate to use mean or median

✅ Maze (1 page)

✅ Doodle math, a twist on color-by-number (1 page)

✅ Real-life application (1 page)

✅ Answer key (5 pages)

So why is this product called Magic Lesson: 4-in-1?

It contains all four elements you need to teach, practice, review, and apply the math concepts:

  1. Guided notes (teach)

  2. In-class practice problems built-in (practice)

  3. Review (color-by-number or doodle math and/or maze)

  4. Real-life connection (application)

Great for…

⭐ Introductory Lessons

⭐ Graphic Organizers

⭐ Scaffolded Notes

⭐ Interactive Notebooks

⭐ Review Lessons

⭐ Class Discussions

⭐ Extra Practice

⭐ Homework

Reviews for my other products…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Karen S. - “Just a good fun activity during the holidays for practicing skills! Great product!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️ Christine M. - “I put this out as an extra credit assignment for my 8th graders at the end of the square and cube roots unit.  The students who chose to do it seemed to enjoy the "doodle" part because it was different than a typical color by number task.  Thank you!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carly S. - “My students really loved this and it worked really well in my classroom!”

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