Mean, median, mode + range is the bane of my existence. Seriously. The only math test I ever remember failing was in 5th grade. It was all mean, median, mode + range. I mixed the four up and got pretty much every question wrong. This year I have been working SO hard to get my students to master these concepts! It’s not that they don’t know HOW to find each one, they just forget which is which. One of the things we do is we chant as a class different things to help us remember. For example for mean, we YELL:

Me: “Step 1”

Class: “ADD UP ALL THE NUMBERS”

Me: “Step 2”

Class: “DIVIDE BY THE NUMBER OF NUMBERS”

Silly I know, but it helps my more auditory learners REMEMBER.

Another way we work on this is by constantly spiraling. All year long homework’s, Do Nows, etc have range, mean, median and mode questions.

We currently have off for President’s Day today (it was supposed to be a week long February break, but the vacation was cancelled due to the days we lost from Hurricane Sandy). I made a fun Presidential themed mean, median, mode and range worksheet which will be my Do Now when we return to school tomorrow. CLick on the link below to download:

President’s Day Freebie

And if you like it, check out the Mean, Median, Mode + Range Interactive Notebook Pages, Activities and Task Cards pack on TpT.

Mean, Median, Mode + Range Interactive Notebook Pages

**How do you teach Mean, Median, Mode + Range? Do you have off this week?!**** **

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I use a song to help remind students of which word means which thing. They seem to remember it even years after my class!

MMMR Song: (To the tune of Are You Sleeping)

Mean is average, mean is average

Mode is most, mode is most

Median in the middle, median in the middle

Range high low, range high low

I can’t take credit for the activity we do for mean, median, mode, and range, but here is what we do…

We have a clear liter cube with a lid on it. We fill it up with something to eat. The first item we always start with are starburst. You can stack them up. The kids have a week to estimate how many items are in the liter cube. They have a sheet they fill out and the students have to explain how they arrived at their estimation. They have to use complete sentences with correct terms like face, cube, column, row, height, width, length, and volume. They may also illustrate your explanation. Then on Friday, one student is the leader and one student is the counter. The leader asks the rest of the class their estimation. All estimations are recorded on the students worksheet as the leader records them on their worksheet on the document camera. They put the estimates in order from least to greatest. After they get all the estimates from the class, they add the data and find mean, median, mode, and range. For my 6th graders, they have to make a stem-leaf plot of their data also. Then the person who was the counter tells the class what the actual amount was and the students record their difference. It is a fun activity. We do it every week. In 6th grade, we use different containers like a cylinder instead of the liter cube. If you would like me to send you the data sheet we us, just email me at juleslovebug@aol.com.