The 6th grade math classes are doing a pumpkin investigation this week.The 6th grade are using mean, median, and mode to decide how many pumpkin seeds are in a pumpkin. Mean, median, and mode are three kinds of averages.The mean is the average you're use to, where you add up all the numbers and then divide by the number of numbers. The median is the middle value in the list of numbers. To find the mode, your numbers have to be listed in numerical order. The "mode" is the value that occurs most often. The median is the middle number.
Monday, October 24th the 6th graders cleaned out pumpkins and put the seeds in bags to dry. Before the extraction of the seeds they have to guess how many they thought were in the pumpkin. During math classes, they counted the seeds and compared their guesses to the actual number. The last phase of this project had them graphing the numbers of seeds to understand range. To fully use the pumpkins, they are now being sent to the art room where they will be used in conjunction with Spanish classes to paint sugar skulls to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.