MA.5.DP.1.2

Interpret numerical data, with whole-number values, represented with tables or line plots by determining the mean, mode, median or range.

Examples

Rain was collected and measured daily to the nearest inch for the past week. The recorded amounts are 1,0,3,1,0,0 and 1. The range is 3 inches, the modes are 0 and 1 inches and the mean value can be determined as begin mathsize 12px style fraction numerator open parentheses 1 plus 0 plus 3 plus 1 plus 0 plus 0 plus 1 close parentheses over denominator 7 end fraction end style which is equivalent to begin mathsize 12px style 6 over 7 end style of an inch. This mean would be the same if it rained begin mathsize 12px style 6 over 7 end style of an inch each day.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Instruction includes interpreting the mean in real-world problems as a leveling out, a balance point or an equal share.
General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 5
Strand: Data Analysis and Probability
Status: State Board Approved

Benchmark Instructional Guide

Connecting Benchmarks/Horizontal Alignment

 

Terms from the K-12 Glossary

  • Line Plots 
  • Mean 
  • Median 
  • Mode
  • Range

 

Vertical Alignment

Previous Benchmarks

 

Next Benchmarks

 

Purpose and Instructional Strategies

The purpose of this benchmark is to interpret numerical data by using the mean, mode, median and range. This work builds on the previous understanding of mode, median, and range in Grade 4 (MA.4.DP.1.2). In Grade 6, a focus will be on comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the mean and median. 
  • When finding median and mode, it is important for students to organize their data, putting it in order from least to greatest. 
  • With the data organized, students can determine: 
    • range by subtracting the least value from the greatest value in the set. 
    • mode by finding the value that occurs most often. 
    • median by finding the value in middle of the set. 
    • mean by finding the average of the set of numbers.

 

Common Misconceptions or Errors

  • Students may confuse the mean and median of a data set. During instruction, teachers should provide students with examples where the median and mean of a data set are not close in value.

 

Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction

  • Instruction includes examples where the mean and the median are not close in value and uses a data set to explain the difference between mean and median. 
    • For example, the data set shown has a median of 4 and a mean of 7. The teacher uses the data to model how the mean is calculated and how the median is found. 
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  • Instruction includes writing the data on index cards or sticky notes. Students can then easily arrange the data in order from least to greatest. This will assist in finding the median of the data set. 
    • For example, students use the data shown to explain the difference between mean (which is 7) and median (which is 4) and to model how the mean is calculated and how the median is found.
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Instructional Tasks

Instructional Task 1 (MTR.7.1

Bobbie is a fifth grader who competes in the 100-meter hurdles. In her 8 track meets during the season, she recorded the following times to the nearest second. 

  • Part A. What is the mean time, in seconds, of Bobbie’s 100-meter hurdles? 
  • Part B. What is the median time, in seconds, of Bobbie’s 100-meter hurdles? 
  • Part C. What is the mode time, in seconds, of Bobbie’s 100-meter hurdles? 
  • Part D. If you were Bobbie, which of these results would you report to your friend?

 

Instructional Items

Instructional Item 1 

There was a pie-eating contest at the county fair. The line plot below shows the number of pies each of the 10 contestants ate. Use the line plot to determine the mean, mode, median and range of the data. 

line plot

 

*The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5012070: Grade Five Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7712060: Access Mathematics Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012065: Grade 4 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5 (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MA.5.DP.1.AP.2: Interpret numerical data, with whole-number values, represented with tables or line plots by determining the mean, mode or range. Line plot scales to include only whole numbers, halves and quarters.

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Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

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STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

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Type: Tutorial

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