Make finding mean, median, mode and range fun with this hands on sorting activity.
Print out the sorting cards and laminate them if you wish.
Determine the difficulty of the data you wish to use and write it directly on the cards with a sharpie. For example, with my higher level math group I might write these different numbers (one number on each card); 36, 32, 39, 31, 28, 32, 32, 33, 37, 35. Be sure to include a mode. Otherwise, they can write, “no mode.” In this set they would also have to know how to average the two middle numbers to get a median (I have them average to one decimal point and round if need be).
Cut them out and then paper clip groups together. Vary the number of cards in each set so the students aren’t always averaging by the same number.
The students then choose a set and sort the data in order on their table or desk.
Then they determine the mean, median, mode and range for each set of data. They can record them on the page provided.
When they are finished, they shuffle the cards for the next person, paper clip them, put them back and choose a new set. Repeat the process.
When they are all finished they glue them in their math journals.
This is activity is a class favorite!