Range – Simplifying Statistics

The range of a set of data is the difference between the highest number in the set and the lowest number in the set.  When giving a set of numbers, you first need to put them in order.  For example, this set {4, 8, 2, 9, 22} should be reorganized to be in order from highest to lowest {2, 4, 8, 9, 22}.  Then

Rounding with Decimals Activities

This post will conclude our series on rounding and estimation by providing more activities to do with rounding while also including rounding with decimals. Rounding Activities A simple deck of cards (removing the face cards and aces having a value of 1) is great for practicing rounding to 10.  Have your child flip over 2 or more cards and then add them together.  Based

Mode – Simplifying Statistics

“Comparison mean median mode” by Cmglee – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Mode – Simplifying Statistics The mode of a set of numbers is the number that appears the most frequently within the set.  In this set of number {1, 2, 5, 7, 7, 9, 10}, 7 would be the mode as it is repeated 2 times within the

Money and Temperature Estimation Skills

In the previous posts within this series, you learned about various activities to help practice various estimation skills.  Money values and temperatures are real-life examples of when we use rounding and are important skills for children to learn.  When estimating money, they can predict how much something with cost or how much everything will cost in all.  For temperature, they can estimate to the

Median – Simplifying Statistics

Finding the Median of a Set of Numbers When finding the median of a set of numbers, you first start by putting the numbers in order from lowest to highest.  The middle number of this set of number is then the median.  If there is an even amount of numbers in the set, then you average the two numbers together that would be at

Estimation with Sums, Differences, Products, Quotients

Estimation with Sums, Differences, Products, Quotients To build upon our first post in this series about estimating, we are going to go one step further by outlining activities for practicing the skills of estimation with sums, difference, products, and quotients.  In this sort of practice, your child can round up or down based upon the whole numbers and then calculate the answer to the

Simplifying Statistics – Mean

Simplifying Statistics In this series on statistics you will learn about various strategies to implement at home to help your child to master the skills of calculating the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of numbers. Mean The mean is when you add up all of the numbers in the set and then divide by how many numbers you added together.  This

Estimation and Rounding Hands-on Activities

In this series on estimation and rounding, you will learn about methods to teach your children about how to estimate and round through hands-on activities.  These are important skills to learn, that as adults, we use in our everyday lives.  It is also a recurring topic that is covered in almost every grade level of math from first grade through high school. Learning to

Helping Students Follow Directions in Math

Helping Students Follow Directions in Math Continuing on the theme of areas where children struggle in math and how to help, one of the areas of weakness is in the ability to follow directions in math.  Reading directions and listening to verbal directions are key in being successful in solving math problems.  Depending on what the directions are, students may be asked to round

Building Strength in Computation Skills

Computation Skills are Essential One area where students may struggle in math is in computation.  Computation skills are essential to being able to solve math problems.  Children need to learn to be able to compute both mentally and when using a calculator.  The faster and more accurate their skills, the easier it will be to solve multiple-step and more complex problems. Frequent and Repetitive 