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Teacher guide reSolve: Data - Making decisions

TLF ID M021057

This sequence of two lessons explores data collection, representation and interpretation, particularly graphs. Students are presented with unlabelled graphs and invited to add their own labels and create a story to describe the graph. They are then asked to conduct an experiment testing the viscosity of household substances and graph their results. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, teaching resources (including a PowerPoint presentation), sample student responses, discussion points and student resources. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Maths by Inquiry program.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is extremely valuable for supporting the Statistics and Probability strand of year 5 mathematics. It relates to the content description about contructing data displays with the use of digital technology.
  • The resource also supports the content description about describing and interpreting data in context. There are multiple activities that engage students in interpreting data.
  • The resource is also valuable for supporting the Numeracy General Capabilities. The lessons provide multiple opportunities for students to interpret statistical information including graphs and tables.
  • The experiement used as the data source in Lesson 2 of the sequence offers an opportunity to integrate with a Year 5 Science unit on viscosity of liquids.
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
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  • Name: Australian Academy of Science
  • Organization: Australian Academy of Science
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • © Australian Government Department of Education and Training 2017. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.