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Connected Statistics

Connected Statistics, Level 2

Why do our muscles get tired?

Connected Level 2, 2015
ContextInvestigating muscle fatigue.
MathematicsStatistics: Designing an investigation, collecting and analyzing (finger) fitness data.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Operation Duck Pond

ContextBreeding habitats for ducks.
MathematicsStatistics: Describes the process of collecting scientific data and introduces outliers.
Cross CurriculumScience

The Takeaway Table

Connected Level 2, 2013: I Spy..., p.20
ContextBirds within a school environment.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: Students undertake an investigation and collect data to inform them of the range of bird types in their school environment. This enables students to develop an appropriate bird table and feeding plan.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

Look out for Monarchs

Connected Level 2, 2013: I Spy..., p.28
ContextMonarch Butterflies.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: Students are encouraged to gather data about tagged and numbered monarch butterflies anywhere in NZ. By becoming ‘citizen scientists’, they are helping the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

What’s for lunch?

Connected 1, 2006, p.26
ContextDiscussion of the food pyramid begins an investigation into the nature of the lunches of the students in one classroom.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: Food-type data are collected using tally charts, displayed in a bar graph, and discussed.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Bat Maths

Connected 1, 2002, p.24
ContextInformation is presented about the number of bat calls recorded in two locations: above a road and through a forest.
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: The reader is prompted to consider the conclusions drawn about bat call data that are presented in a table and on a bar graph.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

How the Children of Room 3 Keep Their Clothes On.

Connected 1, 1999, p.25
ContextButton, zips, velcro, buckles, laces and elastic help to keep our clothes on.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: Data are collected using a tally chart, and are presented on a bar graph.
Cross CurriculumSocial Sciences

How Much Do They Eat?

Connected 1, 1998, p.32
ContextA comparison is made of the amount eaten by a cow, a sheep, a dog, a cat and a hen.
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: The reader interprets a bar graph showing the kilogram amounts of food eaten by selected animals, and answers questions posed.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

Connected Statistics, Level 3

Sleep Sleuths

ContextInvestigating the amount of sleep people need to keep healthy.
MathematicsStatistics: Designing an investigation, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and asking more questions.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Counting Kākahi

ContextCollecting and presenting data that show freshwater mussels (kākahi) are nearly disappearing from some NZ waterways.
MathematicsStatistics: Using statistics to inform ecological decisions.
Cross CurriculumScience

You Can Count On It

Connected Level 3, 2013: Food for Thought, p.18
ContextAnalysing multivariate data to predict a sports result.
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: Students, wanting to predict the results of an upcoming sports competition between year 5 and year 6 students, analyse and look for patterns in student data cards.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

The Fish Highway

Connected Level 3, 2013: Food for Thought, p.23
ContextFish populations in Wellington’s storm water system.
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: Fish scientist, Frances, undertakes snapshot surveys of fish populations. Her data inform the New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database./td>
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Connected Level 3, 2012: Watching the weather, p.21
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: Students interpret the rainfall data, bar and line graphs, and are encouraged to look for patterns in Wellington’s weather.
Cross CurriculumScience: Physical World

I Miss My Pet

Connected 2, 2006, p.3
ContextThe death of a pet leads to an investigation into the life expectancy of the pets belonging to students in one classroom.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: A question posed, decimal data are recorded on a spreadsheet, and displayed on a bar graph. The concepts of distribution and central tendency are explored.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

Getting the Green Light

Connected 2, 2001, p.10
ContextPublic planning organizations use statistics to help them make important decisions.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations/Literacy: Students explore the process for conducting an investigation, the sources and types of data. Readers consider who produced any set of data and for what purpose.
Cross CurriculumSocial Sciences

Tomato: Fruit or vegetable?

Connected 2, 2000, p.24
ContextThe characteristics of tomatoes are compared with other fruit and vegetables.
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: Category data are collected and displayed in a chart that informs the conclusion that a tomato is a fruit.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Connected Statistics, Level 4

The Great Marble Challenge

ContextMaking a ramp at the correct gradient such that a marble, when rolled, will travel down it and stop at a given distance.
MathematicsMeasurement/Statistics: Collecting measurement data, graphing variables on a dot plot and using results to inform a successful strategy.
Cross CurriculumScience

Training for Success

ContextAn athlete collects data to inform training and to improve performance.
MathematicsStatistics: Collecting measurements, graphing performance data, calculating means and evaluating results.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Keep your cat inside

Connected Level 4, 2013: Are You Sure?, p.27
ContextYour cat: predator or pet?
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: Sample size, and the reliability and validity of evidence are examined within the context of two studies that gather data about the predation of domestic cats in Wellington and Dunedin.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

An Ecologist on Ice

Connected Level 4, 2013: Are You Sure?, p.10
ContextRoss Sea Adélie penguin population
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: In interpreting Adélie penguin population data, the computer model explores response and predictor variables, and helps to make sense of the birds’ responses to changes in their environment.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

Power Alternatives

Connected 3, 2010: Wind Power, p.24
ContextIdentifying energy sources in NZ and their costs
MathematicsStatistical Literacy: The reader interprets a pie graph and a line graph.
Cross CurriculumScience: Physical World

Making Decisions with Bubble Graphs

Connected 3, 2008, p.10
ContextMaking informed choices about school playground equipment.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations/Literacy: Data on year level suitability of equipment, costs, flexibility and popularity are presented on bubble graphs and on a table. The reader interprets and compares the displays, and is asked to make a decision.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

Down for the count

Connected 3, 2004, p.15
ContextThe close monitoring of the numbers of rare Māui’s dolphin is documented.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations/Literacy: Questions about the population data, the error rates, population modeling and conservation strategies, engage the reader in calculations of rates and averages.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World


Connected 3, 2002, p.28
ContextThe discovery of a huhu beetle prompts a game of beetle.
MathematicsProbability: Probability is explored in this story as the game of Beetle is played out.
Cross CurriculumScience: Living World

The Black Caps Make History

Connected 3, 2000, p.10
ContextThe 1999 NZ men’s cricket game defeats England at Lords for the first time in history.
MathematicsStatistical Investigations: Match data are given and performance is shown in line graph and on a histogram.
Cross CurriculumHealth and PE

In the Dark, Seeing the Clues

Connected 3, 1999, p.30
ContextA covert operations probability problem and cracking a number code
MathematicsProbability: Using a tree diagram to solve a probability problem, and logic to solve a code problem.
Cross CurriculumN/A