In 2001, J.K.Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie of this book opened on November 18th, 2016. This is the first in a series of three movies that are meant to take place 70 years before the Harry Potter series began.
"Beasts" was produced by David Heyman, the same producer that created the other Potter movies.
In this activity students use the average cost of making a Harry Potter movie to estimate the cost of creating the "Beasts" movie. The task is open, in that it asks students to analyze central tendency, using either median, mode or mean. Which is the best predictor of the cost of making this new movie? As an extension students make box plots and analyze the interquartile values to understand outliers. This is an interesting set of data, with an outlier and a mode that may be the most representative measure of the set. Enjoy the Beasts!
CCSS: 6.SP.1, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, HSS.ID.A.1, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.A.3
The activity: How_much_does_it_cost_to_make_a_Harry_Potter_movie.pdf
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