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Boxplot and Histogram Card Sort Activity

My stats students were struggling with boxplots. So, I decided to take a break from making boxplots to letting them look at boxplots that were already made. A quick google search led me to a card sort linked to by @druinok.

The link is now broken, so I have uploaded the file below.

I always feel so silly when I search for stats stuff and end up at her blog because she has already given me all of her stats files.  Sometimes I forget to look at all my resources before turning to the almighty google!

boxplot and histogram card sort activity for statistics class

I printed these off at the last minute and had my student aide laminate them.  I gave them to my students, and they really struggled at first.  The goal of this card sort was to match boxplots, histograms, and summary statistics.  

My students quickly matched up the median with the middle line on the boxplot.  But, they struggled to figure out what to do with the mean and standard deviation.  After a quick reminder of how the skew of data affects the placement of the mean in regards to the median and the meaning of standard deviation, they were able to match up most of the cards.

They also struggled at first with matching boxplots to histograms.  However, after one student realized that you could match up the minimum and maximum values, the groups seemed to move along pretty well.  

Overall, there was lots of great conversation which was exactly what I was going for.

Free Download of Boxplot and Histogram Card Sort Activity

Boxplot and Histogram Card Sort (PDF) (1808 downloads)

Sadie N/A Peden

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Hi! Do you have a resource for practicing constructing box plots?

Sarah Carter

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Sorry for the late reply. In the past I have had students play Tenzi and count the number of rolls it takes to win the game. Then, we take these results and build box plots from them. Sadly, I've never actually written up the activity on my blog to share it.

I've also used the Game of Greed to practice box plots.


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

I was trying to open this also and it needs a password. Do you happen to have the file?


Saturday 30th of April 2016

Do you happen to have a copy of this card sort? Or the name of the person who created it? The link is dead and I have searched unsuccessfully.


Sunday 15th of January 2017

I've been trying to find this card sort, too. The link you gave above requires a password. Do you have a copy of the card sort?