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Maths Activities
These activities are free and cover a range of topics including how Australians use water, what sports are popular, and which countries did Australians who were not born here come from. You can view all the activities as webpages or download rich text files (RTF) and modify them to suit your needs. You can find more mathematic activities on the CensusAtSchool pages.




IDTitleSuggested LevelOverview and Other InformationRequirements

MATE1
(Extension Activity)
ABS Population ClockYears 8 – 10This is an enrichment activity for students who enjoy using their mathematical skills for problem solving. It involves verifying the rate of population increase shown on the population clock located on the home page of the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
  • Includes solution
  • Access to the internet is desirable.
  • Access to calculators and Excel as possible tools for solving the problem.
  • Copy of student worksheet.

MATE2
(Extension Activity)
MigrationYears 9 - 10This activity guides students through how to use the interactive graph of migration data. Changes in Estimated Resident Population, Median Age and Sex Ratio for 25 countries of birth is investigated for the period 1996 - 2009.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Copy of student worksheet

MAT01Four Graphs Story


Years 3 – 7This activity allows students to demonstrate their ability to read, interpret and assimilate information presented in graphs and tables. The four representations show different aspects of one student’s typical Saturday and the task involves students writing a story that blends together the important details in an interesting and realistic way. They can choose to write in diary or narrative form.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Copy of worksheets

MAT02Water – Use it Wisely


Years 7 – 9This activity focuses on how Australians use water. State/territory comparisons are made between water use and where the water is used in the household. Students create graphs and complete calculations to make these comparisons. Students also investigate the effect that using water saving products have on water use. An extension exercise provides an opportunity for students to estimate the potential for water wastage in the home.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Spreadsheet software program
  • Calculator

MAT03Factors of Population Change


Year 10In this activity, students consider the components of population change. Students calculate natural increase and net overseas migration figures and the contribution each makes to Australia's population growth.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Copy of worksheet
  • Access to CAS calculators or Excel

MAT04 Country of BirthYears 7 – 8This activity involves analysing ‘Country of Birth’ data for the period 1954-2005.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Computer
  • Spreadsheet software program
  • Graph paper
  • Calculator

MAT05 Participation in SportYears 7, 9, 10This activity involves using data about participation in sport to examine what types of graphical representation best fits different types of data. The data will then be examined to draw conclusions about people's involvement in sport.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Spreadsheet software program
  • Graph paper

MAT06Misleading GraphsYear 10In task A students investigate the effect of using scale to influence the way information is presented in a graph. In task B students use this knowledge to present the same information persuasively for two opposing audiences.
  • Includes solution and teacher notes
  • Copy of student worksheet

MAT07Time Series DataYears 11 – 12In this activity, students investigate and comment on the changes and trends in road fatality rates for a 10 year period. Optional activities include smoothing and graphing data as well as fitting a linear regression model to make predictions.
  • Includes solution
  • Access to the internet is desirable
  • Access to CAS calculators or Excel
  • Copy of student worksheet

MAT08Indigenous v non Indigenous Age DistributionYear 10ABS Demographic data comparing the age distributions of Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians is analysed and interpreted using summary statistics and parallel box plots. Note the data is presented in a grouped frequency table and so cumulative frequency using the midpoint is used to estimate centre and spread.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Access to CAS calculators or Excel
  • Copy of student worksheet

MAT09Unlucky LaraYear 5Students use a frequency table of use of wash basins to question, hypothesise, interpret results, discuss results and form conclusions. The students can conduct their own survey as an extension question.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Student worksheet

MAT10Bar Chart of Favourite PetYear 3In this IWB activity students answer questions about a bar graph of favourite pets. They then make a bar chart using class data and compare it.
  • Interactive White Board

MAT13Creating Parallel Box and Whisker Plots in ExcelYear 10This document details how to use the scatter plot feature of Excel to create box and whisker plots, both singly and in parallel. By calculating the 5 figure summary for a set of data, the minimum, quartile 1, median, quartile 3 and maximum values can be pasted into a template to create the plots.
  • Excel

MAT14Is Australia the Greatest Olympic Sporting Nation?Year 10Students use medal tallies from the 2012 Olympics and populations to interpret results, discuss results and form conclusions. Students use skills such as creating and using mathematical formulae, graphing and explaining results.
  • Includes solution and rubric
  • Calculator




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