Activity 2d: Madagascar Precipitation Activity

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Madagascar Precipitation Activity

Madagascar Precipitation Activity

Comparing/contrasting precipitation of students’ local region with a rainforest region

  1.  Table 1:  Calculating the mean
Watsonville Toamasina, Madagascar
Jan      113 mm Jan      410
Feb     123 Feb     380
Mar      92 Mar     480
Apr      43 Apr     330
May     15 May    240
June     2.8 June    270
July    0.25 July     290
Aug    0.51 Aug     240
Sept        5 Sept     130
Oct       28 Oct      150
Nov      70 Nov     180
Dec     108 Dec     360
Mean = Mean =

 

 

1. Determining the median

 

Watsonville:

Toamasina:

2. Determining the mode

Watsonville:

Toamasina:

  1.  Table 2:  Comparing values

 

Watsonville Toamasina, Madagascar
Mean = Mean =
Median = Median =
Mode = Mode =

Questions

1.  When comparing the means, which region receives more precipitation?  By how much?

2. List three reasons why (referring to question 1).

(a)  ______________________________________________________

(b) ______________________________________________________

(c)  ______________________________________________________

3.  Which month received the most rain in Watsonville?  Why?

4.  Which month received the most rain in Toamasina, Madagascar?  Why?

5.  Which measure is more accurate: mean, median, or mode?  Explain why?

6.  Do you think Table 2 was helpful?  What did you notice?

7.  Do you think your graph is an appropriate one to use to represent your data in Table 1?  Why?

8. Why are rainforests important?

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Completed Student Examples :

4th Grade :

Madagascar Student’s Work

Madagascar Precipitation Graph