Measures of Center

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Data collection and statistics are important math skills your students may already be using without even realizing it. This lesson about measures of center will give your students the knowledge to determine the mean, median, mode and range of a set of numbers. The lesson includes an activity which requires students to collect data, helping you to easily connect this lesson to a science lesson as well as math.  The lesson includes age appropriate websites for student use, a suggested homework assignment, and quiz for assessment.

Measures of Center Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Measures of Center
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Measures of Center
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This informative lesson about measures of center will give your students the knowledge to determine the mean, median, mode and range of a set of numbers.  Each of these words are defined and steps are listed so students can understand how to find each.  The lesson includes an activity which requires students to collect data, helping you to easily connect this lesson to a science lesson as well as math.  The lesson could be used with a lessons related to data collection, such as histograms.

Sample Classroom Procedures: 

  1. Begin by explaining to students that there are four basic measures of central tendency and that these measures help mathematicians and others to begin to analyze data.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of measures of center problems in order to help them practice the new material.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on measures of center. Have students practice problems with even and odd data pieces.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems with class collected data or real world data found online.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work in small groups and use a calculator.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students see if their answers all match the next day.  Discuss how answers can be different with the weather!
  8. In closing, ask students to repeat the four measures and how to calculate each one.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:  

CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5.A, CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5.C

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math