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:
And if you like it, check out the Mean, Median, Mode + Range Interactive Notebook Pages, Activities and Task Cards pack on TpT.
How do you teach Mean, Median, Mode + Range? Do you have off this week?!