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Mean, Median, and Mode

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Oct 21, 1998 at 22:36:37
Subject: Re: Mean, Median, and Mode

This year my fifth graders measured each other to find several different sets of data (circumference of head, length of leg from knee to ankle, length of thumb, length of nose from tip to bridge, height, mass, etc.) they found the range, mean, mode and median for each set, and did stem and leaf plots for the data. Then we used the means to create an "average" fifth grader. I had a group color an outline of a person half girl and half boy. We drew arrows to the places we measured, and wrote the average measurements. The life-sized poster is hanging outside our door, with my students photos around the edges. It is a real attention getter, speaks "loudly" about the math done in our room, and really helped my students practice using those terms. -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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