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What is an actuary? An actuary is an expert in statistics who works with businesses, governments, and organizations to help them plan for the future. Actuarial science is the discipline that applies math and statistical methods to assess risk.

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GRADE
6-8

DURATION
1 null

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

 
 

Welcome to "Shake, Rattle, & Roll," a dynamic math program newly expanded for higher standards. Developed by The Actuarial Foundation with Scholastic, the turnkey lessons and reproducibles in this program build student skills while showing the real-world relevance of math to understanding the probability of events happening.

Standards Chart: Common Core State and NCTM Standards (PDF)

OBJECTIVE
Students will understand:

  • How to use a scatterplot to compare two sets of data
  • That a histogram is a type of bar graph representing frequency distribution
  • How to use cost-benefit analysis to make decisions
  • How a tree diagram can map outcomes and determine the probability of different events occurring
  • How actuaries use math to answer questions about what to expect in planning for the future

LESSONS FOR THIS UNIT
Lesson 1: Shake It Up with Scatterplots
Lesson 2: Histograms Manage a Flood of Data
Lesson 3: Tune In to Insurance
Lesson 4: Branching Out with Tree Diagrams

REPRODUCIBLES
Poster: Shake, Rattle, & Roll: When Will Nature Strike Next?
Bonus Activity 1: A Roof Over Our Head
Bonus Activity 2: A Map of Claims
Bonus Activity 3: A Bridge to the Future
Answer Key for Bonus Activities
Welcome Families
Family Activity 1: Insuring for the Uncertain
Family Activity 2: Banking on Inflation
Family Activity 3: Planning for the Future
Shake It Up with Scatterplots
Answer Key to the Lesson Reproducibles
Histograms Manage a Flood of Data
Tune In to Insurance
Branching Out with Tree Diagrams

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