Task 2 Option 2


Data representation for Pre-primary/ Year 1

Data: Different types of hats

This activity was introduced to me in the Early childhood mathematics unit which explored different ways to teach young children. The activity encourages the use of concrete materials to represent data. I thought the activity would be great in the classroom as it provides young children with a visual representation of data and can be transferred into different learning areas.

The students bring in different types of hats and the class work together to sort out the different types. The activity can begin by posing a question about the importance of hats and sun safety for young children.As well as the effectiveness or purpose the different hats which students bring into the classroom. The class can work together to figure out what’s the most popular type of hat used. Hat are really simple and commonly used among young children and can help students distinguish the different types.

Curriculum links: This classroom activity links to Data can have patterns and can be represented as pictures and symbols (ACTDIK002). Students would  work together to create a graph of the different collected hats. The activity would encourage group collaboration and can form a part of a formative assessment in the classroom.

Integration: Mathematics students can learn how to represent and sort out data. Differentiation could be used by extending a group of students by tasking them to label the axises and present the data by considering how graphs normally look.

Health-Exploration of behaviours that encourage safety and wellbeing of students. This would be explored by looking at the importance of being sun safe when playing outside ACPPS006 

Limitations: The activity requires scaffolding as pre-primary students need to get guided in how to conduct the task. Thus, the activity would need to employ I do, we do, you do strategy depending on students understanding of the topic. The use of the tape on the carpet would need to assessed in the context of the classroom.

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    budge22

    I remember doing this activity in the Mathematics unit of our Masters course. It is a great example of using visualisation and concrete materials to aid young students to sort objects and for them to create an overall assessment of this data.
    If you had the resources, where you had a number of different types of hats then you could conduct this formative assessment with an individual child. However, getting children to be involved in the collection of data by bringing in their own hat is advantageous in that the students are involved in the activity from the onset and therefore directly involved and invested in the outcome.

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