Mean, Median, Mode Lesson Plan

Overview

Have you ever wondered how to teach mean median and mode in a fun way to your 5th and 6th grade students?

In this lesson plan, students will learn about measures of central tendency and their real-life applications. Through artistic, interactive, guided notes, a doodle & color by number worksheet, and a maze activity, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of mean, median, and mode.

The lesson culminates in a real life example that explores how sports analysts decide which players are performing the best, and which should be replaced based on calculations.

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Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

• Define mean, median, and mode

• Calculate mean, median, and mode from a given set of data

• Understand the application of mean, median, and mode in a real-life application, specifically sports analytics in the context of baseball

Note: This lesson plan doesn't cover range. See "extensions" for ideas!

Prerequisites

Before this lesson, students should be familiar with:

• Basic math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)

• Understand how to arrange numbers in numerical order

• Comparing numbers

Key Vocabulary

• Mean

• Median

• Mode

• Measures of central tendency

• Outliers

• Data set

Procedure

Introduction

• As a hook, ask students if they have ever wondered how sports analysts calculate which players are performing the best and which should be replaced. Explain that measures of central tendency, specifically mean, median, and mode, are used to make these decisions.

• Introduce the learning objectives for the lesson plan.

• Use the guided notes to introduce mean and how to find it in a data set. Refer to the FAQ below for a walk through on this, as well as ideas on how to respond to common student questions.

• Check for Understanding. Have students walk through the “You Try!” section. Call on students to talk through their answers, potentially on the whiteboard or projector. Based on student responses, reteach concepts that students need extra help with.

• Use the guided notes to introduce median and how to find it in a data set. Refer to the FAQ below for a walk through on this, as well as ideas on how to respond to common student questions.

• Check for Understanding. Have students walk through the “You Try!” section. Call on students to talk through their answers, potentially on the whiteboard or projector. Based on student responses, reteach concepts that students need extra help with.

• Use the guided notes to introduce mode and how to find it in a data set. Refer to the FAQ below for a walk through on this, as well as ideas on how to respond to common student questions.

• Check for Understanding. Have students walk through the “You Try!” section. Call on students to talk through their answers, potentially on the whiteboard or projector. Based on student responses, reteach concepts that students need extra help with.

Practice

• Have students practice finding mean, median, and mode using the maze activity. Walk around to answer student questions.

• Fast finishers can dive into Doodle Math maze activity for extra practice. You can assign it as homework for the remainder of the class.

Real-Life Application

• Bring the class back together, and introduce the concept of how mean, median, and mode are used in sports analytics, with different sports statistics the correspond to different statistics. Refer to the FAQ for more ideas on how to teach it!

Extensions

If you’re looking for digital practice for mean, median, and mode, try my Pixel Art activities in Google Sheets. Every answer is automatically checked, and correct answers unlock parts of a mystery picture. It’s incredibly fun, and a powerful tool for differentiation. There’s Easter, Valentine’s Day, and year-round Minecraft-themed versions.

Challenge with Range

If you’re looking for practice problems for range, in addition to mean, median, and mode, try my Doodle Math print activity, and Domino Effect collaborative math game.

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