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Introducing the Concept of the Mean: Mean as Fair Share

In this 5 minute video, Dedra Wright demonstrates how to teach students about mean as fair share. She uses unifix cubes to model how cooperative learning groups can equally share their cubes. The video uses two data sets to model this strategy and make the connection to the algorithm. A companion video, Mean as the Balance Point, is cataloged separately as a related resource.
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Contributed by: Dedra L. Wright - Author, Virginia Department of Education - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicNumber Sense, Fractions, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorDedra L. Wright - Author, Virginia Department of Education - Publisher
    • Publication Date2010
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2010 Virginia Department of Education
      http://www.doe.virginia.gov/home_files/web_policy.shtml
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4.5
      Great cooperative learning activity
      By bethb on 06/13/2012 - 14:07
    • Great activity to put students into small groups and teach mean. I love that this activity helps build the conceptual framework for mean rather than just "teaching the steps".
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