Back to basics
1 A la mode
What is it? A cut and paste activity that gets students to identify the correct mean, mode and range for each table of football results
What users say "Excellent. Cutting and sticking is such a welcome alternative to writing stuff down all the time."
2 All the range
What is it? Tasks to help students explore mean, median, mode and range, and the relationships between them
What users say "A great little activity that really helps you to understand the effect of the averages and range on the shape of a bar chart."
3 What frequency?
What is it? Revision of calculating averages from frequency tables - students must complete the answers and put them in the correct order
What users say "Cool idea for a twist on some revision work."
4 Pigs might fly
What is it? Learn about data sets by deciding whose results are best: boys, girls, babies, robots, monkeys, Martians or flying pigs
What users say "Fantastic activity - it went down really well with my students. The data has been very carefully selected to show some interesting patterns."
5 Eerie averages
What is it? An adventure game in which students make their way through a haunted house by answering questions on averages
What users say "A super resource. The students loved it."
6 Auction action
What is it? A puzzle that tests students' knowledge of averages by looking at prizes donated to an imaginary charity auction
What users say "Brilliant resource! Worked very well for the top set."
7 Play your cards right
What is it? A game that involves finding different averages using playing cards
What users say "A fun way to practise averages. I also sent the game home for homework so parents could play it with the children."
8 Amazon explorer
What is it? Students find the mean from a frequency table by using review scores for mobile phones and CDs from the Amazon website
What users say "An excellent way of livening up a boring topic. This will engage students."
9 Mean machine
What is it? Five spreadsheets that require students to enter numbers to reach a given mean, mode, median and range
What users say "Brilliant for bringing problem-solving into data handling. Lovely thinking skills involved. My class and teaching assistants will enjoy this challenge."
10 Puzzle it out
What is it? A Tarsia jigsaw activity on calculating different kinds of average (mean, median and mode) and range
What users say "Great resource for averages. A perfect starter or plenary activity."