The art of statistics - October 2011, Stage 1&2

This month we celebrate statistics, representing and interpreting data. What stories do complicated data sets tell us? How can we present this information clearly? How can we avoid being misled by statistics?

Problems

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Data Shapes

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?

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Sticky Data

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

You'll need to work in a group on this problem. Can you use your sticky notes to show the answer to questions such as 'how many boys and girls are there in your group?'.

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If the World Were a Village

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This activity is based on data in the book 'If the World Were a Village'. How will you represent your chosen data for maximum effect?

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The Domesday Project

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?

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Birdwatch

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Have a look at this data from the RSPB 2011 Birdwatch. What can you say about the data?

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Class 5's Names

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Class 5 were looking at the first letter of each of their names. They created different charts to show this information. Can you work out which member of the class was away on that day?