Lesson Idea
10222006, 05:06 PM


How about having all of your students grab one handful of manipulatives such as bear counters or cubes. Have each student count his or her counters and put the number on a post it note. Then arrange the notes in number order (like a number line). From there you can see the mode and the median. (If there is more than one child with a number I'd put the extras above the number to look almost like a graph)
I'm not sure how you get first graders to find the mean other than to tell them the steps and doing it together. Maybe your job as a first grade teacher is to just introduce the vocabulary and give them some practical experience hearing and using the terms without having them do the advanced calculations.
You could repeat this with other manips as needed.
