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Mathematics / Year 6 / Statistics and Probability / Data representation and interpretation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)

Elaborations
  • comparing different student-generated diagrams, tables and graphs, describing their similarities and differences and commenting on the usefulness of each representation for interpreting the data
  • understanding that data can be represented in different ways, sometimes with one symbol representing more than one piece of data, and that it is important to read all information about a representation before making judgments
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Categorical data,  Column graphs

Interactive

Leisure survey

Explore how kids use their leisure time. Choose questions to ask in a survey. For example, look at the percentages of kids that play tennis, basketball or netball. Examine a table of results. Sort the data and use it to answer questions. Display the results using a suitable type of graph such as a pie chart, bar graph or ...

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Data in Gapminder world

This resource is a dataset providing data for a number of indicators of development over time for more than 200 countries. The indicators fall into the following categories: population, health, economy, environment, work, infrastructure, energy and education, with over 500 sets of data in total. Each set of data can be ...

Interactive

Choose your own statistics

Explore the way in which statistics are presented using a wide range of graphs types for ten topics related to human rights. Customise and publish graphs and download data to a spreadsheet program such as Excel to enable further exploration.

Interactive

Syllabus bites – dot plots and two-way tables

A webpage with information and useful links related to dot plots and two-way tables

Text

ACMF: Effects of selective breeding

This resource is a web page providing information about an experiment on the growth rate of different chicken breeds carried out by students at James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW, which shows the influence of selective breeding on chicken weight. It includes a side-by-side column graph comparing the weight of egg ...

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reSolve: Scrabble Stats

This sequence of lessons invites students to collect data about letter frequency in a variety of text sources. They use their findings to critically evaluate letter point values in Scrabble, compare them to historical values, create their own themed Scrabble point values and to decipher an encoded excerpt of text. Each ...

Video

Graphing

Graphs can be used to illustrate the relationship between two variables. Watch this fun animation from NASA to learn the basics of graphing.

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A mathematical focus on 'Choose your own statistics'

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real data can be interpreted and analysed. It is based on the interactive learning resource Choose your own statistics, in which data is presented as infographics, graphical representations and tables. The focus of the supporting teaching and learning activities is on analysing ...

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reSolve: Reconciliation data

This lesson prompts students to examine data from the Reconciliation Barometer report, collect their own local data and compare with the national findings. Students discuss the meaning of reconciliation, explore statements from Reconciliation Barometer report, design a survey to collect local data relating to the statements ...

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Australia's population: countries of birth - dataset

The dataset provides statistics about the estimated resident population, median age and sex ratio by countries of birth for the latest year of available data. It is periodically updated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The dataset is included in the list of related datasets on the page in MS Excel format.

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Australian Historical Population Statistics to 2014 - dataset

The dataset provides statistics about the population of Australia in terms of age and sex from 1901 to 2014. It is made available by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The dataset is in MS Excel format.

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TIMES Module 4: Statistics and Probability: data investigation and interpretation, year 6 - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module uses a number of examples to illustrate different types of data and develop the statistical data investigation process. It suggests the following steps: considering the initial questions that motivate an investigation; identifying issues; planning, collecting, handling and ...

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MoneySmart: It's raining cats and dogs...and chickens?

This is a year 6 mathematics unit of work about keeping pets. The unit is intended to take about 12 hours of teaching and learning time, and is recommended for near the end of the school year. It consists of an introduction, seven sets of student activities, and teacher notes. The student activities include building a word ...