Events that occur over time can be graphed and used to inform decisions.

Data can be grouped to improve the quality of inferences that can be drawn.

The relationship between two continuous variables can be described graphically.


Inquiry Questions

How might we track the location of migratory animals?
How might we create a fairer grading system in these challenging times?
How can we use data to inform our decision making when isolating?

Link to Australian Curriculum



Desmos is an interactive graphing calculator that allows teachers to set engaging instruction, exploration and practice tasks. With many existing resources, and capacity to create your own, there are applications for all year levels and topics.

A collection of activities relating to scatter plots and statistics that can be used at a variety of times during the learning process.

Using the graphing calculator to plot points or the activity builder to make a simple activity where students can plot their own scatter plot can be a good way of receiving student work and providing feedback.

Link: Activity Collection

Khan Academy

A video explains how to construct a scatter plot.

Link: Constructing a Scatter Plot

Two videos to help students understand how to create and interpret box plots.

Link: Constructing a Box Plot
Link: Interpreting Box Plots

National Council of Mathematics Teachers(NCTM)

The NCMT is the peak body of mathematics educators in the USA.

This resource is a common one for collecting two continuous data sets and plotting them. In a home setting, adapting to suit items that can be found in the home, local area, or through sports/hobbies that engage students might be a good idea.

Link: Height Versus Shoe Size Instructions


Zegami is a South Australian company who curates data for companies around the world. There is an incredible amount of data here that can be used to prompt for lessons.

Guiding students through this variety of scatter plots can be a great way to interact with data and to read data displays. It takes some getting used to but can be worth it.

Link: Demos

Top Drawer Teachers From the AAMT

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) Inc., founded in 1966, is the nation’s premier organisation of mathematics educators.

These resources are structured to give students the opportuntiy to investigate meaningful, context-based questions using data. An investigation usually follows a pathway – the question, data collection, data representation, summarising of the data and ultimately a conclusion. These can all be adapted for remote learning scenarios and embedded within the Learning Management System.

Link: Resources for teachers of mathematics