Another fantastic idea from @ms_kmp who’s excellent website is featured here all week.
Clever reinforcement of the principles behind the quartile range with a cool practical activity.
1. (Below) ‘The Averages’
2. (Below) Inquiry Maths Task
3. (Below) Messy Means
4. (Below) Real Life Means
5.(Below) Don Steward Resourcse
6. (Below) The Average Wage
7. Sage and Scribe (Frequency Table activity, TES) pic below
8. Miss Brookes Maths (blog post, collation of activities)
9. MAP resources (pic below)
10. Dan Pearcy blog and collation of resources
11. Mean average from Amazon Reviews (TES)
12. Worksheets from MissBsResources
This may seem odd, but bear with me! Students watch the clip, and rate each goat on a scale of 1-5 for how funny it is. Once the clip is finished, they have a set of data. Prompting questions like ‘how funny was it overall’ and leading into averages.
This works for a whole range of things. Use your imagination… but preview the videos you choose before playing them to the class! I used it as part of a lesson you can find here:
This article on the mental floss website discusses the distance Super Mario had to walk to get to Princess Peach in the game called … Super Mario. Within the article are links to super mario maps, (also Zelda, GTA and Doom maps!!) and the maths to figure out the distance is pretty straight forward. You could easily pinch a few maps and do your own investigations into scale, distance etc with a very obvious narrative to engage students.
Your Life On Earth is an amazing BBC micro-site that asks for a few details (DoB, height, gender) then drowns you in gorgeous infographics about your life in numbers.