Books vs Bean Bags? Part i


The purpose of this activity is to engage students in posing a question for investigation and designing an investigation that could be used by the class.

Description of Mathematics

The background knowledge and skills that should be established before and/or during this activity are outlined in the diagram below:

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This activity may be carried out with step by step guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own method of solution. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students' skills and depth of understanding.


A year 5 & 6 class has just been told that the school is going to upgrade the school library.

Their teacher has said that this would be a great opportunity for the class to find out how that money should be spent...the teacher suggested lots of shiny new books. Immediately, hands shot up around the class and the students suggested that bean bags, comfy seating, e-readers and fast internet were much more important for the school library to get. The teacher thought about this and said…”Let’s find out how people use a library. Then we can use our data to make suggestions for the school library.”

Pose a question for the class to investigate and construct a survey to carry out amongst the school community. This will include students, teachers and parents as they all have an interest in how the library is used.


The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to design an investigation, using the enquiry cycle.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to design an investigation that would lead to reliable results, using the enquiry cycle.
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Level Three