Books vs Bean Bags? Part iii

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is for students to examine data displays, identifying and expressing features and/or trends in context.

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.

Activity

A year 5 & 6 class has been told that the school is going to upgrade the school library. The class investigated the question ‘How do People Use the Library’, surveying students and teachers from their school.

One of the students in the class came up with this set of bar graphs showing the results of the survey.

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Use this display of data to highlight the key findings of the investigation, which will give recommendations for the school as to how they should spend their library upgrade budget.

The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to identify patterns and trends shown in the data displayed and use these to summarise the findings of the investigation.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to identify key features of the data displayed and use these to summarise the findings of the investigation.
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Level Three