Lesson Plans
 Computing Needs All Voices

Students learn about a diverse group of programmers through a short film and a gallery walk of our Pioneers in Computing and Mathematics poster series, then consider the problem solving advantages that diverse teams foster.
 Introduction to Data Science

Students learn about Categorical and Numeric data, are introduced to Tables by way of the Animals Dataset, and consider what questions can and cannot be answered with available data.
 Exploring CODAP

Students explore CODAP, then discover how Numbers, Strings, and operations on those data types work in CODAP.
 Dot Plots and Bar Charts

Students learn to generate and compare dot plots and bar charts, explore other plotting and display functions in CODAP, and (optionally) design an infographic.
 Project: Make an Infographic

Infographics are a powerful tool for communicating information, especially when made by people who understand how to connect visuals to data in meaningful ways. This project is an opportunity for students to become more flexible math thinkers while tapping into their creativity. This project supports the learning goals of our lesson on Dot Plots and Bar Charts.
 The Data Cycle

Students are introduced to the Data Cycle, a fourstep scaffold for answering questions from a dataset…and then generating the next question! Students learn to identify  and ask  statistical questions, by comparing and contrasting them with other kinds of questions.
 Project: Snack Habits

Students analyze their class' snacking habits in comparison with data on childhood obesity in the U.S. This project supports the learning goals of our lesson on The Data Cycle.
 Probability, Inference, and Sample Size

Students explore sampling and probability as a mechanism for detecting patterns. After exploring this in a binary system (flipping a coin), they consider the role of sampling as it applies to relationships in a dataset.
 Choosing Your Dataset

Students practice making a variety of chart types and then begin to investigate a real world dataset, which they will continue to work with for the remainder of the course.
 Project: Dataset Exploration

Students choose a real world dataset that is interesting to them and practice making and interpreting a range of displays using that dataset. This project spans up to nine of our Data Science lessons, each of which includes an optional section with projectspecific directions. We have built a Library of Datasets to support this project.
 Histograms

Students are introduced to Histograms by comparing them to bar charts, learning to construct them by hand and in the programming environment.
 Visualizing the "Shape" of Data

Students explore the concept of "shape", using histograms to determine whether a dataset has skewness, and what the direction of the skewness means. They apply this knowledge to the Animals Dataset, and then to their own.
 Measures of Center

Students are introduced to mean, median and mode(s) and consider which of these measures of center best describes various quantitative data.
 Box Plots

Students are introduced to box plots, learn to evaluate the spread of a quantitative column, and deepen their perspective on shape by matching box plots to histogram.
 Standard Deviation

Students learn how standard deviation serves as Data Scientists' most common measure of "spread": how far all the values in a dataset tend to be from their mean. When we looked at box plots, we visualized spread based on range and interquartile range. Now we’ll return to histograms and picture the spread in terms of standard deviation.
 Scatter Plots

Students investigate scatter plots as a method of visualizing the relationship between two quantitative variables. In the programming environment, points on the scatter plot can be labelled with a third variable!
 Correlations

Students deepen their understanding of scatter plots, learning to describe and interpret direction and strength of linear relationships.
 Linear Regression

Students compute the “line of best fit” using the function for linear regression, and summarize linear relationships in a dataset.
 Ethics, Privacy, and Bias

Students consider ethical issues and privacy in the context of data science.
 Collecting Data

Students learn about the importance of careful data collection, by confronting a "dirty" dataset. They then design a simple survey of their own, gather their data, and import it into Pyret
 Introduction to Transformers: Filter

Students learn two different ways to filter  by manually deleting table rows, and by using a Transformer to build and modify a copy of the table.
 More Transformers: Transform Attribute and Build Attribute

Students learn more about Transformers, including
Transform Attribute
andBuild Attribute
.  Composing Transformers

Students learn how to compose Transformers, which act as functions operating on tables.
 Grouped Samples

Students practice creating grouped samples (nonrandom subsets) and think about why it might sometimes be useful to answer questions about a dataset through the lens of one group or another.
 Threats to Validity

Students consider possible threats to the validity of their analysis.
 Project: When Data Science Goes Bad

Students investigate four types of threats to validity by pretending to be “bad data scientists” who fail to consider the impact of selection bias, bias in the study design, poor choice of summary data, and confounding variables. This project supports the learning goals of our lesson on Threats to Validity.
 Project: Research Capstone

This project can be used as a capstone for Bootstrap: Data Science. It is designed to give students a deep dive into a dataset and use everything they’ve learned throughout the course, not only about making and interpreting displays, but about the practice of refining our questions through the Data Cycle and deciding which displays are most useful in telling the data’s story. This project is an extension of the Project: Dataset Exploration.
Student Workbooks
Sometimes, the best place for students to get real thinking done is away from the keyboard! Our lesson plans are tightly integrated with a detailed Student Workbook, allowing for paperandpencil practice and activities that don’t require a computer. That’s why we provide a free PDF of the core workbook, as well as a link to the book with every optional exercise included.
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Other Resources
Of course, there’s more to a curriculum than software and lesson plans! We also provide a number of resources to educators, including standards alignment, a complete student workbook, an answer key for the programming exercises and a forum where they can ask questions and share ideas.

Glossary — A list of vocabulary words used in this pathway. We also provide a bilingual glossary, which defines all vocabulary words across our lessons in English and Spanish.

Standards Alignment — Find out how our materials align with National and State Standards, as well as some of the most commonly used math textbooks.

TeacherOnly Resources — We also offer several teachersonly materials, including an answer key to the student workbook, keys to all the exercises, and pre and posttests for teachers who are participating in our research study. For access to these materials, please fill out the password request form. We’ll get back to you soon with the necessary login information.

Online Community (Discourse) — Want to be kept uptodate about Bootstrap events, workshops, and curricular changes? Want to ask a question or pose a lesson idea for other Bootstrap teachers? These forums are the place to do it.
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