Math Monday: Dive Into Housing Costs
Housing is the largest expense for most Americans, but costs vary widely by state. How much should you expect to pay? In this new Desmos activity, students compare histograms showing their state's monthly mortgage and rent costs.
Students practice matching box plots and histograms, identifying the median, and describing the distribution of data in DESMOS: Histograms and Box Plots of Housing Costs.
This Desmos is designed as an interactive option for Level 2 of APPLICATION: Representing Data on Student Loans, Housing, and High-Cost Lenders. Using this Desmos option allows you to customize the activity using data for your state.
Part 1: Card Sort
First, students practice matching histograms and box plots. These data sets represent the cost of rent and mortgage payments in Michigan and California.
Part 2: Michigan Housing Costs
Next, students answer three true-or-false questions about housing costs in Michigan. These questions prompt students to compare two histograms, determine what conclusions they can draw from a histogram, and explain their reasoning using math vocabulary. These slides are a great launch pad for whole-class discussion!
Part 3: Your State
Next, students will input the state they live in - or any state they want to research! The rest of the activity will focus on rent and mortgage data for that state.
Students answer similar analysis questions and then sketch the box plot for rent or mortgage costs in their state.
The Teacher Dashboard
As always, you can use the teacher dashboard to monitor student progress, highlight student answers to share with the class, and give feedback.
For this activity, consider using the “Responses” mode to find specific student answers to share with the class. To do this, just click on the slide you’re interested in while on the teacher dashboard.
We hope you enjoyed this activity! You can find this and more in the NGPF Financial Algebra Desmos Collection.