Statistics Units of Work

Introduction

The goal of all our units is to produce students who are able to think mathematically and are confident and comfortable with the mathematics they are using. Underpinning the units of work on this site is our strong belief that students need to be actively involved in all aspects of the investigation.

Our units are really mini-units in that they are designed for a single week. We imagine that as a teacher you could combine 2-3 of our mini-units to form a substantial unit of statistics and probability for your class. Within each of our mini-units we will suggest possible groupings of mini-units.

Unit Structure

Our units are designed in two ways: Explorations and Stations.

A typical Exploration week is made up of Getting Started (Monday), Exploring (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and Sharing (Friday).

A Stations week presents five activities that can be presented as Stations that the groups of students circulate around during the week. However in most of the Statistics and Probability units the Stations are presented as activities that you would spend a session on with whole class.

Unit Detail

Each of our units contains the same detail and we hope you find them easy to follow and use.

An overview of the unit

In the overview we summarise the activities contained in the unit, provide specific learning outcomes and make links with relevant Achievement Objectives from the mathematics curriculum document.

A description of the mathematics explored in the unit.

In addition to providing specific details about the mathematics in the unit these ideas will be linked to the learning sequence for statistics.

Resources

We list the resources that you will need for the unit. Links will be provided to any copymaster material used. Any item in the resource list that is underlined can be found on the site. Simply click on the resource to go to the copymaster page.

Teaching Sequence

A suggested teaching sequence outlines the activity step-by-step.

Questions

Questions are as important as answers in mathematics. By encouraging students to put their thoughts into words you help them clarify their ideas. We have included specific questions within the unit plan to help you get to the thinking that's going on. These questions are also designed to help you scaffold the students' understanding of the concept being explored.

Homelinks

For some units we have written a letter that you could send home to tell families what is happening in the maths unit. The letters also contain a homework activity.