Gathering data and then knowing how best to analyze and summarize that data is an important mathematical skill. In this lesson, students use a handful of pennies to explore different measures of center (mean, median and mode) and discuss what might be the best for their data set.
All you need for this hands-on math lesson is a large sample of pennies from varying years, or if it’s easier for you there are different sets of data included in the lesson that you can use. This is meant to be an introduction to the topic, so no prior knowledge is necessary! This could be used with students in 4th or 5th grade and up!
This lesson includes teaching tips, sample data and a student handout which concludes with discussion questions and a few “practice your skills” problems.
I hope you will find this lesson useful!
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