Put a rhyme to mean, median, mode, and range to help students understand what they are and how to solve them.
Mean Median Mode Range: What Are They Anyway?!
I don’t know about your children, but for my two older kids, the concepts of mean, median, mode, and range are tough math topics. They struggle to keep them straight and no matter how many cheat sheets they make up or how many times they practice problems, it is just one of those concepts that has a hard time sticking.
Thankfully, there’s a ditty that goes to the tune of “Hey Diddle, Diddle” that captures the concepts of mean, median, mode, and range.
Say it often enough and:
1) you won’t be able to get it out of your head for weeks
2) your kids will have a quick reference for the meanings of the math terms that ~~drive them crazy~~ that they can’t wait to learn.
The Difference Between Mean, Median, Mode and Range
What are the definitions of mean, median, mode, and range, you ask? Let’s break it down:
- Median is the middle number in a set of numbers when they are arranged numerically.
- Mean is the average of all of the numbers. You add them all up and divide by the number of numbers that were in the set.
- Mode is the number that appears the most often in a set of numbers.
- Range is the difference between the highest number and the lowest number.
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FREE MATH PRINTABLE FOR MEAN MEDIAN MODE AND RANGE
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The printable mean median mode anchor chart is there along with a bunch of other free learning printables!
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Print the anchor chart out, laminate it or stick it in a page protector, and hang it on your classroom wall or slide it in your student’s notebook.
I also like to print it at 25% scale and have students glue it in their math journals. It serves as a good, take-home reminder of the concept and helps solidify the ideas of mean, median, mode, and range.
After a few days of saying the rhyme, you ~~will never get it out of your head~~ have no trouble remembering the difference between median, mean, mode, and range. Enjoy!