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Mathematics / Year 3 / Statistics and Probability / Data representation and interpretation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Collect data, organise into categories and create displays using lists, tables, picture graphs and simple column graphs, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP069)

  • exploring meaningful and increasingly efficient ways to record data, and representing and reporting the results of investigations
  • collecting data to investigate features in the natural environment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Data representation,  Categorical data


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Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

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reSolve: Measurement - Jump!

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reSolve: Statistics - Licorice Lines

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Rubbish recording and reduction: Part 1

In this lesson sequence students survey and collect data concerning what is brought to school each day and subsequently becomes rubbish. They then use Excel to represent that data in a variety of different ways.

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Rubbish recording and reduction: Part 2

In this lesson sequence students use Excel to represent data in a variety of ways.

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Bottle Flipping

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Fraction fiddle: tool

Use a tool to explore what happens when you change the numerals in a fraction. Compare two fractions and find out which is larger. For example, decide whether 4/3 is larger than 7/5. Build the two fractions. Compare the fractions on a number line. A handy tool for use on an interactive whiteboard.

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Test what you know about placing numbers on a number line. See two numbers on a line. Choose the best ruler to add markers to the number line and find the place for a third number. Rename the third number in two different ways by selecting the correct place values. For example, look at the numbers 35 and 47 on a number ...

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Work out a program for the Antic Island talent quest. Find the date for the show by marking off dates on a calendar. Check the travel plans for each act and work out their earliest arrival times. Place each act into a timetable slot. Create the final program for the talent quest. This learning object is the first in a series ...

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Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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