Hands & Hearts ~ A Mean Combination

Using Conversation Heart candies, students review and strengthen their understanding of estimating, sorting, graphing, mean, median, mode, fractions, decimals, and percents. Additionally, students get a chance to eat some candies with funny messages, but not until they have finished the math lesson.

The Activity

How many hearts do you think it will take to cover an outline (perimeter) of a sixth grader’s hand?

How many hearts do you think it will take to fill the interior (area) of a sixth grader’s hand?

Directions:

  1. Carefully trace your hand on the back of this sheet.
  2. Use the candy hearts to cover the outline. Count the number of hearts you used.
  3. Record the data:
  4. Share the data with the class by recording it on the chart.
  5. Record the data set of the class below.
  6. Find the mean of the data set.
  7. Find the mode of the data set.
  8. Find the median of the data set.
  9. Find the range of the data set.
  10. Go back to your prediction. Were you correct? How would you answer that question now? What can you conclude about the data?
  11. Make a stem and leaf graph of the class data.
  12. Don’t eat the candy hearts yet!  First use them to fill the inside of your outlined hand.
  13. Record the data:
  14. Share the data with the class by recording it on the chart.
  15. Record the data set of the class below.
  16. Find the mean of the data set.
  17. Find the mode of the data set.
  18. Find the median of the data set.
  19. Find the range of the data set.
  20. Go back to your prediction. Were you correct? How would you answer that question now? What can you conclude about the data?
  21. Make a stem and leaf graph of the class data.