Illuminations: The Celebrated Jumping Frog

Using the story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calveras County” by Mark Twain, students simulate a jumping-frog contest and determine the distances “jumped.”

The students record the distance of individual jumps in centimeters and determine the total distance jumped (the sum of the three separate jumps) and the official distance (the straight-line distance from the starting line to the end of the frog’s third jump). The students compare the range and median of the total distances with those of the official distances of the group.


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Data, Graphing & Statistics, Mean, Median, Mode
Middle School, Educator

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