A Program of The Actuarial Foundation. Aligned with Common Core State and NCTM Standards.
Program Home Pages
Additional Resources

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.

Background photo: © Inga Nielsen/iStockphoto.

About This Unit

SUBJECT
Math

GRADE
6-8

DURATION
1 Week

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? (PDF)
Bonus Activity 1: A Roof Over Our Head (PDF)
Bonus Activity 2: A Map of Claims (PDF)
Bonus Activity 3: A Bridge to the Future (PDF)
Answer Key for Bonus Activities (PDF)
Welcome Families (PDF)
Family Activity 1: Insuring for the Uncertain (PDF)
Family Activity 2: Banking on Inflation (PDF)
Family Activity 3: Planning for the Future (PDF)
Shake It Up with Scatterplots (PDF)
Answer Key to the Lesson Reproducibles (PDF)
Histograms Manage a Flood of Data (PDF)
Tune In to Insurance (PDF)
Branching Out with Tree Diagrams (PDF)

Help | Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR NAME

* YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

* RECIPIENT'S EMAIL ADDRESS(ES)

(Separate multiple email addresses with commas)

Check this box to send yourself a copy of the email.

INCLUDE A PERSONAL MESSAGE (Optional)


Scholastic respects your privacy. We do not retain or distribute lists of email addresses.