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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 by carrying out statistical calculations. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, discussion points, internet resources and spreadsheets of historical name data. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry program.

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Year level(s) Year 7
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords data representation, range, personal names, central tendency

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Statistics, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Data representation and interpretation
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMSP171 Calculate mean, median, mode and range for sets of data. Interpret these statistics in the context of data
ACMSP172 Describe and interpret data displays using median, mean and range
National numeracy learning progression Interpreting and representing data - IRD4

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