The task used in this illustration was part of an investigation into reading behaviour in a year 5–6 class. The teacher scheduled a 30-minute silent reading time after lunch each day. When the class repeatedly struggled to settle, one boy asked: “Why do we have silent reading anyway?” The teacher opened a discussion of this question, seeing the potential for a statistical investigation.
The task relates to achievement objectives for Statistics from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.
Identify and investigate a question that will help us understand more about silent reading in our class.
Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the mathematics standard are described below.