The mean, or arithmetic mean, is a concept usually introduced around 4th grade and revisited in successive grades. Often referred to as the “average”, the mean is measure of central tendency. In other words, the mean gives you a reference point for understanding a data set and comparing it to other data.
Often during instruction, teachers ask students to understand the mean, median, mode, and range all at the same time. I have plenty of Mean/Median/Mode/Range worksheets where students can practice these skills simultaneously.
I prefer to introduce these statistical measurements separately, allowing students to master each skill before moving on. On this page you will find free math worksheets devoted exclusively to finding the mean of a data set.
Like most of the worksheets at www.imathworksheets.com, these free Mean Worksheets start off with simple integers that most students can complete mentally, then progress to more difficult calculations involving story problems. All of the Mean Worksheets come with step-by-step instructions and examples to guide students. There’s also plenty of space for students to show their work so that you can see which step is challenging them.
Feel free to use these Mean worksheets to help you differentiate instruction. The lower performers in your class can begin with Mean Worksheet #1, while your more ambitious students tackle the word problems in Worksheets #4, #5, and #6!
Mean Worksheet #1 – This is a 10 problem worksheet where students will find the mean of a simple set of data. Only integers are included, and all of the means will be whole numbers. Most of the data are single-digit numbers with a few simple two-digit numbers included.
Mean Worksheet #2 – This is a 10 problem worksheet where students will find the mean of a simple set of data. The data sets only include one and two digit integers. There are some whole number means, but also some means that go out to the tenths decimal place.
Mean Worksheet #3 – This is a 10 problem worksheet where students will find the mean of a set of data. Their will be some whole number means, as well as some means that go out to the tenths and hundredths place.
Mean Worksheet #4 – This is a 10 problem worksheet featuring Mean Story Problems. Students will calculate the mean from real-life, relevant word problems. The data sets are mostly one and two digit numbers, and the means will all be whole numbers.
Mean Worksheet #5 – This is a 10 problem worksheet featuring Mean Story Problems. Students will calculate the mean from more real-life, relevant word problems. The data sets are mostly one and two digit numbers, and most of the means will be go out to the tenths decimal place.
Mean Worksheet #6 – This is a 7 problem worksheet featuring Mean Story Problems. Each word problem includes a twist, or red herring to make students think a little harder about which numbers to include in the data set. The answers are a mix of whole numbers an decimals.