Are you looking for an engaging way to teach Mean Absolute Deviation? Look no further! My students love completing this lesson.
This product is designed to help your students master the MAD in three easy steps.
1) Guided Notes – The guided notes contain an introduction to calculating MAD. Students will write the overall meaning of the MAD and the steps to calculating. There is an example problem for the teacher to model and then two “you try” problems for students to try independently and check whole group.
2) Class Challenge – My students love competitions! In order to make the MAD more engaging, I have designed two class challenges in which the boys compete against the girls.
Challenge 1 – Students will write their names as many times as they can within one minute using their non-dominant hand. Students will then calculate the mean and MAD for both the boys and girls. They will then compare the data to determine who had a better overall average (mean) and who was more consistent in their variations (MAD).
Challenge 2 – In one minute, students will try to memorize as many digits of Pi as they can. Students will once again calculate the mean and the MAD to determine who had a better overall average (mean) and who was more consistent in their memorization (MAD).
3) Assignment – Students will calculate the MAD of real life data to compare athletes. (Basketball: Kobe Bryant vs. Lebron James & Soccer: Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo).
6 student pages plus answer keys