How Can They Say That?


The purpose of this activity is to engage students in evaluating a claim made on the basis of supporting statistics.

Achievement Objectives
S4-2: Evaluate statements made by others about the findings of statistical investigations and probability activities.
Description of Mathematics

The background knowledge and skills that need to 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 tourism website makes the claim that Queenstown hosts around 2 million visitors a year.

Read the extracts from the statistical report and comment on the validity of the claim.

The claim is in The Queenstown Quick Reference Guide (PDF, 1.8MB)
Downloaded from on 17/01/15

See also the Statistics NZ website for baseline data.

The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to comment on the claim made with reference to the relevant statistics.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to comment on the claim made, independently selecting the relevant statistics.

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