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Objective: Students
will find and interpret averages for a realworld situation.
Resources: Teacher: none. Student: pencil, paper.
Procedure:
 Instruct students
to write down an estimation of how many minutes they spend each day
doing certain activities such as: homework, listening to music, chores,
reading, watching TV, and eating.
 Make a list of
categories on the chalkboard with the information gathered from the
students.
 Have each student
total each category and divide the total number of minutes in each category
by the total number of students in the class.
 Discuss how the
"average student" seems to them, compared to what they expected.
Variations/Options:
As they write down their estimates of time for the activities, have
them rate themselves on a scale: 1far below average, 2below average,
3average, 4above average, 5far above average, then compare those estimates
with the final results.

