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Under the Weather

Kim Auerbach

Description

Students use the Weather page in the local daily newspaper to review concepts of mean, median, mode, range and solve other weather related questions.

Objectives

The student solves multi-step real-world problems involving whole numbers, fractions or decimals using appropriate methods of computation, such as mental computation, paper and pencil, and calculator.

The student finds the range, mean, median, and mode of data from a table, chart, or graph.

Materials

-Classroom set of a newspaper weather page
-Classroom set of calculators
-Transparency/worksheet with questions (see attached file, under_the_weather)

Preparations

1. Write questions on chalkboard, worksheet, or transparency.
2. Collect newspapers and calculators.
3. Answer questions to be asked using current weather information.

Procedures

1. Using the weather page placed on your desk, we are going to review the concepts of mean, median, mode, and range. But first, we need to familiarize ourselves with the different types of information found on the weather page. Discuss what is found on the page.
2. Continue with, who can remember the defintion for mean?, median?, mode?, range? Call on students and write definitions on chalkboard.
3. Read question 1 (Find the mean, median, mode and range of -TODAY'S- high temperature for the -WORLD CITIES- listed.) and have students find the answer for the given data. Call on students for their answers. Discuss process by which problem was solved, and the answers to each part.
4. Read, answer, and discuss questions 2 and 3. (2. Find the mean, median, mode and range of -TOMORROW'S- low temperatures for the -U.S. CITIES- listed. 3. Find the mean, median, mode and range of -TODAY'S- high temperature for the -FLORIDA CITIES- listed.)
5. Share questions written by students. Solve, answer and discuss as time permits.
6. OPTIONAL: Homework assignment: Constructing a bar graph using projected weather forecasts.

Assessments

Assess the students' work by: 1) checking for correct solutions to questions that were asked. 2) reading students' questions that were written. Look for application of skills necessary to find mean, median, mode and range for a set of data.

Extensions

Homework assignment: see Activity File

Web Links

Web supplement for Under the Weather
Weather

Web supplement for Under the Weather
Weather

Web supplement for Under the Weather
CNN Weather

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