Average Smile

A Maths Lesson Starter Of The Day

Find the median, mean and range of the Smile test scores:





















Without a calculator

[Drag the faces into order to help find the median.]


Topics: Starter | Averages | Data Handling | Statistics

  • Mr Hand's Class Of Legends, The King's School Gloucester
  • Too easy!
  • Sam Woodward, England
  • Good and challenging at the same time.
  • Margaret, Lajamanu School NT Australia
  • Looks good, could engage students in finding mode. But what's a Smile test? Percentage of what?

    [Transum: The Smile Test was a made up term for the purposes of this starter.]
  • Hagelsteens, Netherlands
  • And what is now the answer ?
    There is no median?
    Usefull in lesson.

    [Transum: As there are an even number of faces the median will be the value mid way between the middle two faces.]
  • Sarah, NC
  • Love this, great interactive board activity.

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