Mean, Median, Mode

Set Up

Deal 5 cards to each person face down so the other player cannot see them. Get pencil and paper if you need scratch paper.


Have the highest number based on the mean, median, or mode of your set of numbers.  


After looking at your cards, decide if you want to use your mean (all five numbers added together then divided by 5), median (the 3rd number after you order them in sequential order), or mode as your number (the number that you have the most of. If you only have one of each number, then the largest number). The person with the largest number wins that round. Add your numbers for each round and the first person to reach 50 wins the game.


Easier: For younger children, only do one task. The activities in order of easiest to hardest are:

  • Mode
  • Median
  • Mean: