Lesson Plan: Sample and Population Methods Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to determine when to take a sample and when to use the whole population.


Students will be able to

  • determine when it is appropriate to take a sample and when it is appropriate to use the whole population,
  • identify the advantages and disadvantages of taking a sample or using the whole population,
  • understand the difference between a sample statistic and a population characteristic.


Students should already be familiar with

  • primary and secondary sources when collecting data.


Students will not cover

  • types of sampling methods,
  • biased and unbiased sampling.

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