This is an example of how a task found on-line (or elsewhere) can be modified for broader learning objectives and rigor while embedding [student directions] to encourage mathematical discourse.
If you are interested in a copy of the file email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY 6.SP.1
Develop understanding of statistical variability. Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students’ ages.
Context for language use:
The Jar of Buttons task requires READING the definitions and questions, WRITING, recording reasoning and questions. Additionally there is well SPEAKING AND LISTENING with the oral discourse activities such as turn and talk.
A Jar Full of Buttons
Zeke likes to collect buttons and he keeps them in a jar.
Occasionally Zeke empties the buttons out of the jar so
he can see all of his buttons at once.