Car park Data

Suzie Ashton
Std 3/4 Primary School teacher
18 Marsden Ave
Mt Eden
Auckland, New Zealand

I was trying to find an original way of getting the children to collect data rather than the typical class survey on 'favourites'. I realised that in our school teacher's car park, we had a wealth of collectable data. The children and I went out and gathered information, using tally charts where appropriate, on the cars parked there. We used the following headings;

There are many other investigations we could have done but these are examples of what is possible.

The children then brought their data back to the classroom and created a variety of bar graphs using the information. They also used the totalled license plate numbers to find the range, mean and mode for those plates. It was a very successful investigation and the children were motivated and interested.

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