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Summarize numerical sets of data in relation to their context by giving quantitative measures of variability as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5c
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3

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Big Ideas: Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) tells you the average distance the values in a data set are from the mean of all of the data in the set. Students know measures of center can help describe a set of data. Measures of variability are a new concept for sixth graders. The lesson helps to put measures of variability into context and use. These skills will help students to transition into more complex measures of variability in later grades. Vocabulary: Measures of Center, Measures of Variability, context, mean, median, mode, range, deviation from the mean, Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD), outliers Special Materials: None
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