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Author:Frank Norred
System: Shelby County
School: Shelby County Board Of Education
Lesson Plan ID: 3038

Fly Away With Averages


This is a hands-on lesson that allows students to gather their own data before finding the mean. This activity is the culminating activity of a mean, median and mode unit.

Content Standard(s):
TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
TC2(3-5) 9. Use technology tools to organize, interpret, and display data.
MA2015(6) 29. Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by: [6-SP5]
MA2015(7) 2. Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. [7-RP2]
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will:
1. Use technology to enter data and create a graph.
2. Create, save and print a spreadsheet.
3. Create a chart.
4. Gather information from empirical data.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

Paper for airplane construction

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer, spreadsheet software


Basic knowledge of spreadsheet construction along with chart construction

1.)The students construct a paper airplane with a design of their choice.

2.)When the airplanes are completed, the students go outside and line up in a straight line to throw their airplanes. Each student will throw his airplane a total of five times. Everyone records the distance his airplane flew each time in feet and/or meters. (If the distance is not exact, the students may use their rounding skills to estimate the total number of feet/meters.)

3.)When the students re-enter the classroom, they are to find their own averages. When this is completed, the students share their data with the teacher. The teacher records on the board each student's name and mean. For spreadsheet data, each student is responsible for copying the names and means of ten students in the class.

4.)Students enter their data into a spreadsheet. This typically takes one class period.

5.)Students place a bar graph in the spreadsheet. This usually takes about twenty minutes.

6.)Students may present their spreadsheets and graphs.

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Assessment Strategies:

Grading Rubric:
Spreadsheet Format: 10
Complete and Accurate Information:20
Accurate Graph Information:20
Bonus:10 points for class presentation

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