Mathematics / Year 7 / Statistics and Probability / Data representation and interpretation

Curriculum content descriptions

Describe and interpret data displays using median, mean and range (ACMSP172)

  • using mean and median to compare data sets and explaining how outliers may affect the comparison
  • locating mean, median and range on graphs and connecting them to real life
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Data representation,  Mean,  Median


Life expectancy PowerPoint

This teacher resource is a PowerPoint presentation designed to address common student misunderstandings about life expectancy. It emphasises that life expectancy is an average, that most people live for much longer or shorter than their life expectancy and that, when life expectancy is low, it is mostly because of a very ...


Can you guess the weight of Uluru?

What is the "wisdom of a crowd"? Mathematician Lily Serna investigates a mathematical phenomenon that suggests that if you have a large enough crowd, with a broad variety of people making estimates, then the mean (average) answer of the crowd will be accurate! Find out if a crowd can guess the weight of Uluru from the ground ...


ReSolve: What's In A Name

This sequence of two lessons examines trends in the names of students in the class, as well as trends in popular names from 2017 and 1957. Students explore data associated with these names and decide whether the mean, median or mode might be a suitable measure of central tendency. They develop their skills with spreadsheets ...


Solar energy installations

This lesson uses data about solar energy installations to investigate data analysis. The dataset shows how many solar systems were installed, in each postcode, from 2001 to 2016. It is a useful way to understand how to explore and characterise datasets as well as to explore the use of data in the media. This lesson was ...


7St01A Data classification and visualisation - Ochre Education

This unit of work focuses on data visualisation. Students define and classify data and variables as categorical (nominal or ordinal) or numerical (discrete or continuous); create displays for categorical data including column graphs and pictograms; create displays of numerical data including dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, ...


Work sample Year 7 Mathematics: Investigations

This work sample demonstrates evidence of student learning in relation to aspects of the achievement standards for Year 7 Mathematics. The primary purpose for the work sample is to demonstrate the standard, so the focus is on what is evident in the sample not how it was created. The sample is an authentic representation ...


Represent collected data: Year 7 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 7 is for the topic of Represent collected data. Students expand their knowledge of numerical data displays. Students draw or use digital software, to create their graphs or charts. Give ample opportunities to practise drawing stem-and-leaf plots, especially choosing the correct stems. Then, ...


Humpback whales: what the data reveals

The lesson follows an inquiry process where students use the dataset to answer relevant questions about the whale population. They consider what other data they would need in order to effectively examine the impact on humpback whales of sonar activity and noise from development.


Sleepy statistics: Analysis: Part 2

In this second of two lessons, students represent their acquired sleep data using a back-to-back stem-and-leaf plot and draw conclusions based on statistical analysis.


Acquire and record data: Year 7 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 7 is for the topic of Acquire and record data. Students develop a robust statistical vocabulary. This includes defining and distinguishing between discrete numerical and continuous numerical data. To illustrate the differences students should be asked to collect sets of data from their peers. ...


Give it your best shot

Students calculate the mean, median and mode for sets of data and select the appropriate measure of centre.


Sleepy statistics: Part 1

Students conduct a sleep audit over two weeks to test hypotheses regarding improving sleep quality.


The humanoid project

Students explore a large data set.


Statistics and probability: Foundation to Year 9

This comprehensive resource describes the progression of ideas that cover statistics and probability. The resource demonstrates examples of relevant teaching strategies, investigations, activity plans and connected concepts in chance and data including teaching and cultural implications.


TIMES Module 2: Statistics and Probability: data investigation and interpretation, year 7 - teacher guide

This is a 13-page guide for teachers. In this module, in the context of statistical data investigations, we build on the content of year 5 on measurement data and count data with many different observed values of counts. Because these data types are quantitative, investigation and interpretation include considerations of ...


The laws of arithmetic and their use in algebra

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that refers to algebraic notation, the laws of arithmetic and the use of these laws in algebra from the Australian Curriculum for year 7 students. It contains material on algebraic notation, the commutative and associative laws, the use of brackets and the orders ...


Countries of birth

This is a web resource that includes four student activities about data interpretation, accompanied by a teacher guide for each activity. Activities include investigating changes in country of birth by collecting and displaying data from students, their parents and grandparents and comparing the 1901 and 2006 Australian ...


Catalyst: Graham's number

If you were asked what the biggest number you can think of is, what would you say? Infinity? Well, what about the biggest finite number you can think of? Mathematician Ron Graham came across such a gigantic number in his research that, to capture its massive size, he and his colleagues needed to come up with new methods ...


The Numberline

An interactive tool that can help students explore a number line, including points representing integers, fractions and decimals


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.