Task 2 Option 2

Data Representations for PP/Year1



Data Source: Different types of shoes


When working with young children and data sources there are endless opportunities within the classroom. On introducing the concept of data representation, I have found that having concrete data sources assists children building their understanding.  Shoes are something children can easily sort and represent with little interference from a teacher.


Activity/Lesson: Students can be introduced to the lesson by asking a question about the shoe’s someone is wearing or perhaps you as the teacher might wear a special pair of shoes on this particular day, often with children of this age they will have noticed a special pair of shoes prior to the lesson. Ask students about the shoes. Do have laces, Velcro, buckles or nothing? This will lead students to look at their own shoes and how they are secured to their feet. Create a graph using a shoe from each student to determine which type of shoes is more common in the classroom.


Curriculum: This activity is able to directly relate to the Western Australian curriculum and links to Collect and use data of any kind (ACTDIP003). Data can have patterns and be represented as pictures and symbols (ACTDIK002). These curriculum links are pulled from the Pre-Primary Digital Technologies curriculum. At this age almost, all activities help students to develop the students personal and social capabilities. Students should be encouraged to work as a team to create the graph and assist each other in determining what kinds of shoes they are wearing. This activity could be used as diagnostic assessment through questioning and anecdotal notes. I also find exit tickets a great way to assess children’s understanding before they move on to another activity.


Integration: This activity could integrate into a number of learning areas and lead to a whole inquiry unit on shoes. In Literacy children could explore stories containing shoes as an element such as “The old lady who lived in the shoe.” In Mathematics links can be made to patterns and algebra where children could go onto sort and classify the shoes based on different classifications. In Art children could design their own shoe using clay a variety of materials.


Criticisms and Concerns: Careful planning and preparation needs to be conducted for this lesson to run smoothly. The presentation of the graph needs to be considered/prepared prior to the lesson so that it is available immediately. Behaviour management also needs to be considered when students are dealing with items of clothing and taking of their shoes. Consider outlining rules and turn taking prior to students removing their shoes.


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