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8. Calculate mean absolute deviation (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards 6.DS.4
teaches Common Core State Standards MAFS.6.SP.1.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1
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Lesson objective: Compute the mean absolute deviation of a dataset.

This lesson helps to build procedural skill with calculating mean absolute deviation. A table is used here because it supports organization of computations. This work develops students' understanding that measures of variation describe how a dataset varies with one number.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 1 (Make sense of and persevere through problems) as they complete multi-step procedures to calculate the mean absolute deviations of datasets including whole and decimal numbers.

Key vocabulary:

  • deviation
  • mean
  • mean absolute deviation

Special materials needed:

  • none
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