Interpreting Data: Using Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 11280

Three Ms and an R. Sounds like a bad movie title, but it's mean, median, mode, and range, four ways of interpreting data. Toads, some simple exercises, and a project give you a mean range of practice!

categories

Elementary

subject
Math
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

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Throughout this Interpreting Data series, you have learned different processes for collecting and analyzing data, including mean, median, mode, and range. Think of a way you could use these processes in your everyday life. Once you have thought of an idea, move into this lesson to review mean, median, mode, and range, and apply those concepts to your situation!

In this lesson, you will review everything you have learned about mean, median, mode, and range, and complete a fun project!

Let's start by watching a short video to review mean, median, and mode. Be sure to pay close attention to any of the processes you are still uncertain about, because, after the video, you will discuss the steps for each process. Watch The Mean, Median and Mode Toads (The Animated Classroom):

 

After you watch the video, review each of these questions with a teacher or parent:

  • What steps do you use to find the mean?
  • What steps do you use to find the median for an even dataset?
  • What steps do you use to find the median for an odd dataset?
  • How do you find the mode for a set of data?

Next, let's review what you have learned about range. Read The Range (Statistics) on MathIsFun.com. When you get to the bottom of the page, answer the ten questions in the ‘Your Turn' section.

Interested in playing some games to practice mean, median, mode, and range? Move on to the next section for a list of games to help you review.

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