# Lesson Ideas

A list of numbers can tell you a whole lot of things, if you know how to look at it! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you how to analyze data using mean, median, mode and range. First, you'll learn how simple subtraction can calculate range. Next, Tim talks you through figuring out the mean, or average, which is useful for everything from test scores to sports statistics. Then find the mode by looking for repeated numerals! Finally, you'll discover how the median truly is the middle of the road, number-wise. Add them all up, and you'll learn a lot. We really mean it!

#### Probability and Data Analysis Lesson Plan: What Are the Chances?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students review probability and data analysis skills learned throughout a unit of study. Students then create a paper-based or digital activity that challenges classmates to apply data analysis, graphing, and/or probability skills to fictitious or real-world situations. See more »

#### Math Skills Lesson Plan: It’s All Fun and Games

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students work collaboratively to research selected math skills. Students then create, play, and assess a math game that is designed to apply and reinforce their selected math concept.

**This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.**See more »
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I like both of these ideas for practicing or enriching student understanding about data landmarks. It would be an added challenge to have students create their games with code! I would like to see more ideas here though… one way i’ve practiced data analysis with my students was by having them do a survey project. They had to write one quantitative question (ex. how many hours do you sleep at night?) and one qualitative question (what is your favorite pizza topping?), determine a sample population to ask their question to, gather the data, organize it, display it, and then present their findings. We has some interesting discussions about the difference between qualitative and quantitative data and how to analyze the results. Some 4th graders got stumped when the tried to find the median pizza topping! 🙂