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Mean, Median, Mode

An engaging rap song for teaching mean, median, and mode to students. Includes fun worksheets and multiple versions of the song to assist with scaffolding.

Contains: 4 versions of the song, lyrics, worksheets, and answer keys in PDF format. Price: $3.99

This song for teaching mean, median, and mode introduces basic information about the best use of mean, median, and mode. Lyrics contain information about each term, processes used to find results, and simple examples to illustrate. This song is a great introduction to understanding how to define mean, median, and mode and their applications. The accompanying classroom materials include puzzles, mean, median, mode printable worksheets, games, and online resources that enhance the song and offer additional opportunities for learning.

This mean, median, mode explanation was created for students in upper elementary school (4th grade and 5th grade), middle school students (6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade), and high school students.
CHORUS
Mean is the average, Median the middle
Mode is the most frequent—it can be big or little
Mean is the average, Median is the middle
Mode is the most frequent—plain and simple.

VERSE 1
When we wanna analyze a group of data in a set,
Mean median and mode are useful numbers to get
Let's try a small set of numbers, just a few
6 1 5 6 2

Now if you wanna find the mean, just add 'em up
Then divide by the number of numbers you got
These 5 numbers add to 20, no less no more,
Divide by 5 and your mean is 4.

CHORUS
Mean is the average, Median the middle
Mode is the most frequent—it can be big or little
Mean is the average, Median is the middle
Mode is the most frequent—plain and simple

VERSE 2
Now if median is what you're trying to get
You've gotta change the order of the numbers in the set
Make them low to high or maybe big to little
Then you just find which one lands in the middle

So remember the numbers that we gave to you
6 1 5 6 2
Order them 1 2 5 6 6
The median is 5—see, that was quick!

CHORUS
Mean is the average, Median the middle
Mode is the most frequent—it can be big or little
Mean is the average, Median is the middle
Mode is the most frequent—plain and simple

VERSE 3
The mode is the number that pops up the most
It might be far from the mean but it's probably close
See, sometimes you get a skewed set of data
Mode gives you more information you can use later

So in our set that we have, just to review:
6 1 5 6 2
The 6 appears twice, that's more than the rest
So 6 is your mode and you can ace the test.

CHORUS
Mean is the average, Median the middle
Mode is the most frequent—it can be big or little
Mean is the average, Median is the middle
Mode is the most frequent—plain and simple

Though there are many sites with information and exercises, these were selected because of their variety and thoroughness with minimum of advertising. All are open source.
BBC Maths
This site that uses simple, straightforward definitions and examples to help students learn mean, median, mode and subsequent concepts. The games for younger students use colorful graphics, real world examples and familiar objects. (see if your students can spot the typographical error in the first game finding ‘mean’). The more sophisticated games are suitable for older student up through 10th grade. Includes a “Test Bite” at the end; a quiz that will help reinforce the concepts presented on the site. Several levels.
Grades 4-10

Quia.com
A clever game called “Rags to Riches” could be fun as an individual or team activity. Good for boosting addition skills as well.
Grades 5-8

Math Is Fun
A reliable site with good information and games for younger students. A couple of examples use negative numbers in their computation. A good skill-building site.
Grades 5-8

Sporcle Games : Mean, Median
The interactive games on Sporcle will help students reinforce their knowledge of median and mode. Definitions are not provided, so students should have some prior knowledge before playing. Games are timed so good math skills are helpful. Good for team activity.
Grade 6 and up.

Math Goodies
This Math Goodies site provides clear definitions of mean, median and mode, with sample math problems and solutions for students to examine. At the end of each “lesson,” there are several practice problems for students to solve on their own. At the bottom of the page there are other games including explanations and games for non-routine mean solving as well as some interesting ‘challenge’ exercises.
Grade 7 and up.

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