Getting to School

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to engage students in carrying out a statistical investigation (using the PPDAC cycle: problem, plan, data, analysis, conclusion) that leads them to tell a class story.

Description of Mathematics

In readiness for this investigation, the students should have familiarity with each of the stages of the PPDAC cycle.

  • problem - posing a question to investigate
  • plan - planning an investigation
  • data - collecting and recording whole number and category data
  • analysis - sorting data, including frequency plots
  • conclusion - making summary statements from data displays

This activity may be carried out with guidance, or by allowing the student to manage their investigation independently. Students could be encouraged to read beyond the data. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students’ skills and depth of understanding.

Activity

A teacher wondered how her class usually travelled to and from school each day. Carry out an investigation to find out how the students in your class arrived at school today. 

  1. Pose a question to investigate.
  2. Collect data from your class.
  3. Display your data.
  4. What did you find out​?

The procedural approach (show more)

  • The student is able to carry out a statistical investigation, following the PPDAC cycle, that allows them to tell a story about the class.

The conceptual approach (show more)

  • The student is able to carry out a statistical investigation, following the PPDAC cycle, that allows them to make an informed comment about the class.

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