The children’s curiosity was heightened by the who am I quiz. Children had many questions they wanted to ask. We used this as an authentic gateway for discussing data handling. We generated a very long list of questions the children had about families. Each child picked a question and set about asking everyone in the class.
The children regrouped and we discussed how this had worked out. It quickly became apparent that the children had missed people out of the survey. They remembered a class list that they used in another class. Connie had kindly made a list for our class. The children set off again to collect their data.
We came together and looked at examples and realized it was very hard to understand the data. It was “messy” and “wiggly”. Each child had their own conversation with the teacher and discussed the best way to organize the data. The children went off and collected the data again. The general consensus was that this was much easier to analyze. What were we to do with the data? How could it be shared affectionately with others?
There was a very simple video on recording data and the children watched it eagerly and decided they could use it to help them show their findings. They set about placing their data onto the bar graph. They have also pondered the challenges data handling posed and written what was hard and easy about this in the their Maths Learning Journal.