Math Monday: Move to Make a Credit Dot Plot
Get students up and moving! This activity introduces dot plots using the information found on credit reports. Each student is given a credit persona card with basic information including their credit score and payment history. Then, students use that information to move around the classroom and form whole-class dot plots.
MOVE: Credit Dot Plots is part of the recently released Financial Algebra unit: Managing Credit & Fundamentals of Statistics.
Each student gets a Credit Persona Card, like the one shown below.
Then, read one of the prompts, like “What is your credit score?”. Students find the answer on their credit persona and then move to that place on the x-axis. If there are multiple students with the same answer, they form a line. At the end of each round, students should be arranged in a whole-class dot plot.
Here’s an example of how students will be lined up, using initials for each credit persona.
There are a number of discussion questions you can ask throughout the activity, depending on the needs of your class.
This activity is easy to adapt to either your personal finance or math class - you can easily adjust the number of rounds and the types of discussion questions to find the right fit for your students!
Virtual Adaptation on Desmos
DESMOS: Credit Dot Plots allows students to complete the same activity virtually. In the Desmos version, students pick an animal emoji to represent them. After they answer each question, their emoji will pop up in a whole-class dot plot of the class responses.
You’ll likely want to have the whole class complete each dot plot at the same time, so check out the pacing features on the teacher dashboard.
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