Hands-On Scatter Plot Activities

Engage students with these 11 hands-on scatter plot activities which require students to collect their own data and produce graphs in order to answer questions.

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Hopefully you will find some fun scatter plot ideas to use in your own math classroom!

M&M’s Scatter Plot Activity

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Last week in Algebra 1, we completed a scatter plots activity with m&m’s The goal of this activity was for students to be able to find a line of best fit for a scatter plot and determine the type of correlation. Of course, my students’ favorite part was eating the data afterwards!

Starburst Scatterplot Activity

This starburst scatterplot activity ended up being one of my favorite activities of the year!

Speedy Squares Activity for Quadratic Regression

I was so excited to discover this Speedy Squares Activity for practicing quadratic regression several years ago. I have used it successfully with my Algebra 2 classes in the past.

Hula Hoop Scatterplot Activity

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This hula hoop scatterplot activity gets students moving in math class while learning about how to create a scatterplot and use that scatterplot and linear regression to make predictions.

Twizzlers Linear Regression Lab Activity

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I learned about using twizzlers for linear regression from Tammy Ballard with Wake County Public Schools. I modified her activity to create my own twizzlers linear regression lab that met the needs of my specific group of Algebra 2 students.

Types of Correlation Foldable

We made a types of correlation foldable to summarize the three different types of correlation that a scatter plot can have. We used a basic 3 door foldable template.

Candy Grab Lab for Linear Regression

candy grab lab for linear regression

This Candy Grab Lab is one of my favorite ways to introduce students to the process of linear regression. In this activity, students determine if there is a mathematical relationship between a person’s handspan and the amount of candy they can grab at one time.

Linear Regression Activity with the True Colors Personality Test

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I want to share a linear regression activity I did with my Algebra 2 students to introduce the topic of regression. I combined linear regression with the True Colors Personality Test that I had originally wanted to do with my students at the beginning of the year.

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