Mean Absolute Deviation

This Mean Absolute Deviation activity & project also includes:

Can you determine the location of a city based solely on its monthly temperature data? Learners explore temperature data by analyzing the mean and mean absolute deviation among other calculations. Using the results, they predict the location of the U.S. city and defend their conclusions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add your city to the average monthly temperature analysis; compare it to the other cities' data and distribution
  • Request that learners use a graphic organizer to take notes related to the data calculations; include necessary formulas and examples
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires colored pencils or markers, a United States map, and handouts
Pros

  • Includes suggestions for extending the project
  • The collaborative activity requires scholars to communicate with each other and between groups
  • Contains answer keys and a teacher guide to facilitate the activity
Cons

  • None