Thursday, April 3, 2008
Data Analysis and Probability
We are spending some time in math learning ways to collect and analyze data, and have experienced finding the MEAN, MEDIAN, MODE and RANGE of a set of numbers. Students are really finding this challenging and exciting. Here is a fun way to help your child practice at home. Simple take 5 dice (or roll one die 5 times) and write all five numbers on a piece of paper. Remind your child to then line up the numbers from smallest to largest.
Using these five numbers, work together to find the mean (add the numbers together, then divide by 5), the median (the number that appears in the middle), the mode (the number that shows up most often) and the range (biggest number subtract smallest number).
We did this as one of our station activities today, but we can always use more home support and practice!