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Lunch box data

Assessment ideas

Years 3-4

Provide students with a dataset represented in two different ways, for example as an image and also as a combination of text and numbers in a table. Ask students questions about the data to assess their understanding. Teachers use the checklist provided to assess students and record observations.


Lunch box data
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Description

Discuss what types of foods you might see in a student’s lunch box and their own lunch box.

Talk about what class data of lunch boxes might reveal.

Introduce the image of the data set of a classes lunch boxes.

Use the resource Data patterns and representation: Data collection, analysis and presentation to guide the assessment task.

Interpretation of data.

What data can they interpret?

Image of twenty different lunch boxes and their food inside

Present the same data in a different way. Interpret the data.

Explain to students that the table only shows the types of fruit.

Table of the total number of fruit by type, including three bananas, two strawberries, nine apples, seven oranges, a kiwifuit and a blueberry

Ask questions to assess students’ understanding

Questions might include:

  1. What is the most common fruit?
  2. How many students brought more than one type of fruit in their lunch box?
  3. How many of the students do not have fruit in their lunch box?

Provide the data represented using images and presented as a picture graph.

Ask students what labels and other additions can be added to make sure it makes sense.

These may include values, title, headings, and a scale on axis.

Picture graph of the total number of fruit by type, including three bananas, two strawberries, nine apples, seven oranges, a kiwifuit and a blueberry

Students create their own chart representing data in a different way for example a column graph using a spreadsheet.

For example:

Bar graph of the total number of fruit by type, results are three bananas, two strawberries, nine apples, seven oranges, a kiwifuit and a blueberry

Assessment Checklist

This assessment checklist provides a guide to record the student’s demonstrated skills and knowledge.

Word and pdf versions of the checklist can be dowloaded in the resources section.

Demonstrated knowledge/skills Yes/No or progressing Comments

The student explains how the same data sets can be represented in different ways.

  • Compares a data set represented in two or more different ways
  • Data is represented as images, numbers or text

The student can interpret data organised and displayed in different way.

  • Correct headings are identified where data is organised under headings
  • The data described is accurate
  • The way the data is organised is correctly described

The student can present data using a suitable format

  • Their digital chart has headings, labels and values, a suitable scale and data is organised
  • The data is accurate
  • Order of data has been considered (least to most, highest to lowest etc)

Resources

  • Yr 3-4 Lunch box data: Assessment checklist (PDF version)
  • Yr 3-4 Lunch box data: Assessment checklist (Word version)
  • Data patterns and representation: Data collection, analysis and presentation guide (PDF version)
  • Data patterns and representation: Data collection, analysis and presentation guide (Word version)