Running Race


Posted by Perri Wilkinson | Posted in Data, Decimals | Posted on September 14, 2016

This activity give students the chance to go out, collect their own data and talk about the results.

As a whole class, go out to the basketball course to collect your own data. Ask 10 students to run around the basketball court (one at a time) and get students to time them. Do not record names, just times (name students as a, b, c etc.). Once back in the classroom, students need to record data in their books and look at the data collected to make inferences, e.g. Order the times from shortest to longest. Who came first, second, last? What was the difference in time between the first runner and the last? What was the difference in time between the first and second runner. How much faster would the 3rd runner have had to run to beat the 1st runner?

Differentiation: Lower group to record times to 1 decimal place, higher group to record times to 2 decimal places.


Data collection and graphing task


Posted by lisar | Posted in Data, Graphing, Statistics | Posted on September 18, 2015

The week long unit covers data collection and graphing.  It requires students to come up with categorical and numerical questions which they will then select one and conduct a survey among the other students of the learning space. They must then show their data collection using tally marks and then graph their data using a graph of their choosing. More capable students are can present their data using Pie Charts, looking at percentages. Students can then swap their graphs and then write a short statement of results about the information from the graphs. Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation and Word Document for data collection.

4WH Surveys

Heads and Tails


Posted by lisar | Posted in Chance, Data, Decimals, Fractions, Games, Percentage, Statistics | Posted on September 30, 2014

A whole class game of chance

Discuss the possible outcomes if you flipped two coins (heads and heads, tails and tails, heads and tails)

Prior to flipping the two coins, students stand up and predict the outcome. If students predict heads, heads – they place both hands on their head. If selecting heads, tails – they place one hand on their head and one on their lower back. If selecting tails, tails – students place both hands on their lower back.

After flipping the coins, students who were incorrect sit down. Keep playing until one student is left standing.

Data and Statistics

Results throughout the game can be recorded and used to calculate a fraction, decimal and percentage for each outcome.

Interpreting Graphs


Posted by lisar | Posted in Data, Graphing | Posted on September 30, 2014

Students are presented to a range of ready made graphs. Students share and record 3 or more statements about each graph.

Questioning, Collecting and Displaying Data


Posted by lisar | Posted in Data, Graphing | Posted on September 30, 2014

1. Students pose three or more questions for collecting categorical or numerical data (whichever is appropriate for each student). They then decide what the outcomes would be for each question.

2. Students then select one of their questions and survey their class mates, collecting their data in a tally.

3. After collecting the data, they display it in an appropriate graph such as a picture graph, bar graph, line graph or pie chart.

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