Consumer Spending 2016

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We spend a lot of money as consumers in the U.S. In this activity we look at historical data to see if there are any patterns in our spending.  How does our holiday spending show up in these graphs?  What accounts for spikes or drops in spending?  What patterns do you notice?  Which patterns will likely continue and which patterns won't?   Let the class see, think, wonder and discuss in this timely activity.

Credits to Mr. Honner, A leading Math Blogger & Math Teacher from NYC, for the original idea for this activity.

The activity: consumer_spending2016.pdf

CCSS: 6.SP.5, 8.F.5, HSS.IC.6, HSS.ID.3

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