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11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

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  • Video, 12 minutes, 48 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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  • Presentation Slides
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Inference for Matched Pairs

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  • This statistics lesson plan is useful for teaching students about "cherry-picked" data, how to create a randomized chart with a matched-pairs structure, and how to calculate a one-sample t-interval.
  • This lesson displays how "cherry-picked" data has been used by climate skeptics, the usefulness of a randomized chart with a matched-pairs structure, and how to analyze t-interval calculations of a data set.
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson plan has an excellent discussion question about popular media's coverage of climate change.
  • This lesson plan shows the importance of statistical literacy.
  • The resource includes a video with accompanying guided notes, a student handout, and a teacher's key.

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  • Students need to know what an arithmetic mean is.


  • This lesson plan could supplement a classroom discussion on which organizations are fueling climate change denial and what their motivations are.
  • This lesson plan could enhance a classroom discussion on the American government's effectiveness at arming children with statistical, scientific, and mathematic literacy.
  • For the open-ended questions in this lesson plan, it may be wise to go over them as a class in order to analyze comprehension and address misconceptions. 
  • This lesson plan could augment a classroom discussion on the importance of scientific expertise when discussing climate change.
  • The resource provides guidance on how to align the lesson with the AP Statistics course.
Scientist Notes
The video provides convincing scientific evidence about global warming after testing stations' temperature data. This completely refutes the misleading information by climate skeptics and deniers. There is a high confidence to use this resource for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.A.1 Understand statistics as a process for making inferences about population parameters based on a random sample from that population.
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