Community Health Data Analysis
Clean Water and Quality of Life-Math Extension
- Africa, Cameroon
- Grades 3-5
- Mathematics, Social Studies & Geography
Students will view the slide show "Water Source Protection", featuring Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Fry. They will then examine the community health data she collected and explore the question: Do the data provide evidence that the springbox may have helped to improve the community's health?
- Students will represent multiple sets of data
- Students will make inferences using numerical data.
- Community Health Data
- Graphing Sheet
- Begin by viewing Lauren Fry's slideshow Water Source Protection and discussing central concepts using the accompanying lesson plan.
- Provide pairs of students with a copy of the Community Health Data Lauren collected and a copy of the Graphing Sheet. Explain that the data show how many people were getting sick before and after the springbox was built.
- On the graphing sheet, have students plot the data using two different colored markers.
- Discuss students' findings.
- Do the data provide evidence that the springbox may have influenced people's health? [Yes. For almost all families, fewer people were getting sick after the springbox was built].
- Do the data prove that the springbox caused the community's health to improve? [No. We can't be sure there wasn't another factor, like greater community awareness about drinking filtered water, or increased access to medication that led to improved health. However, we can see a correlation between springbox presence and fewer sicknesses, which does suggest a relationship between the springbox and health].
Frameworks & Standards
- Numbers are informative, but can't always tell us the whole story of a real-world situation.
- Data can help us understand the magnitude and dynamics of real-world situations.
- Why can't we always prove what caused something to change?
- What can data help us to infer about real-world situations?
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Measurement and Data
- Represent and interpret data.
U.S. National Geography Standards
Essential Element V: Environment and Society
- How physical systems affect human systems
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Thematic Strand III: People, Places, and Environments
- Influences of natural resources on human populations