An activity using a deck of playing
cards to represent the quartiles of a data set. Through this representation,
students develop not only a procedure for identifying quartiles but also an
understanding of what quartiles represent. It is noted that the activity works
especially well to help students with special needs develop skill and
understanding. Quick Reads focuses on providing the reader with activities or
ideas for the middle school classroom that are quick and applicable.
Reads is a regular department of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. Its
aim is to publish single ideas that are too good not to be published, but are
not long enough for a full article. Topics range from research, collaboration
and “what works” in the classroom.