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Statistics with Clementines

Teaching worksheets

At this time of year crates of enticing, aromatic orange orbs appear in grocery stores. Clementines are known and loved for their intensely sweet flavour, small nature and wonderfully strong scent.

Clementine Statistics worksheet partially filled in and coloured by Where Exactly Maps

 They fit delightfully into a coat pocket, liven lunchboxes and have that excellent ability to be peeled easily in one long, springy coil.

About clementines

Clementines are hybrid crosses of sweet orange and willowleaf mandarin oranges, the first example of which is believed to have occurred in Algeria
in the late 1800's.

Pile of clementines

These small, sweet oranges are named after Clément Rodier, a French missionary on whose trees they were first observed growing.

Several varieties have been cultivated over time each with slightly different
characteristics: there are completely seedless varieties, and those with few to many seeds. The sweetness and character of a clementine is often determined by the type of rootstock the tree is grown on. (Fruit trees of all types are often grafted onto the 'base' or rootstock of another, similar tree to achieve better growth, or to produce exact replicas of a fruit that cannot be grown directly from seed)

Where do clementines come from?

 Map showing which countries produce and grow the most clementines around the world - Where Exactly Maps

Clementines, like the rest of the citrus family, grow chiefly in sub-tropical and tropical climates. While there are likely to be clementine orchards in places like California, the majority of clementines are grown in locales of the Mediterranean, China and Brazil. This map shows the countries that produce the most clementines, satsumas, tangerines and mandarins. It's important to note that while all of these fruits are related and similar, they are distinct species with different characteristics.

Clementine statistics worksheet page showing where clementines grow. Countries are coloured in with orange pencil.

The FAOSTAT data lumped them all together so it isn't precisely clear which of the countries produces the most clementines. Because the clementine has its roots in the Mediterranean, it would not be surprising if the majority of clementines  we eat came from that region.

Countries that produce the most clementines, tangerines, mandarins and satsumas in millions of tonnes

Statistics with your own crate of clementines

Because clementines are so well liked and many of us enthusiastically bring them home at this time of year they provide a grand opportunity for a bit of statistical observation.
We devised a set of data collection worksheets enabling students to track weight, number of pips and number of segments each clementine has over a week or two weeks.
Free one week clementine statistics worksheet by Where Exactly Maps. Click image to download the file.
First, weigh the clementine. It can be weighed with peel intact or after peeling, whichever is preferred, just make sure to keep it consistent throughout the week.
Next, separate and count all the segments. Eat them! Were there any pips?
Record your findings for each day and at the end of the week answer the questions provided, ask a few of your own and see what patterns emerge.
The one week Clementine Statistics worksheet is free.
The complete set of Clementine Statistics worksheets with comprehensive weekly questions, bar charts, two week tally sheets, range map and colouring page is available in a 6 page pdf bundle.
Get the instant download pdf of Clementine Statistics Worksheets by Where Exactly Maps

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