Purpose of the project:
This unit combines mathematics and
technology to teach
students how to find the mean, median, and mode for a set of data.
How it works:
the website http://forum.swarthmore.edu/,
students will define terms and find examples, as well as complete
practice exercises. They will then work cooperatively to analyze
real data from a variety of websites provided. To demonstrate
mastery and reinforce ELA performance objectives, they will explain the
procedure to a friend in an e-mail message.
Students will be
1. Organize, analyze and display
2. Solve verbal problems involving mean,
median and mode.
3. Utilize web resources to access
data for analysis.
4. Write an explanation of this study
and e-mail to a friend and to the teacher.
Internet access, e-mail
The students were all 9th graders. Students met for about two days to
complete the project. They worked both in the classroom and in the
computer lab. The project can be adapted to any age. The higher the grade,
the more work can be done in terms of analysis and predictions.
This a great project to introduce statistics.
The project can be started in the computer
lab and then continued in the classroom. Students love to see connections
with real life situations. This project will enhance their creativity and
will make them understand that math is the key to success.
Tips: You may substitute other web
sites with real data for the exercises, based on student interest and
About The Teacher
Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesco Ianni teaches mathematics at
University Neighborhood High School, located on the Lower East Side of
Manhattan. His goal, as a new teacher, is to show students that
mathematics is all around us and not only in math textbooks.
Estimated Class Periods To Complete: 2
Beginning Grade Level: 9
Ending Grade Level: 12