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Teacher Submitted Activities

Send us activities you have set for your students that use CensusAtSchool or ABS data and we’ll publish them here to share with your professional community.

Case Studies are brief summaries of how Australian schools are using CensusAtSchool data in the classroom.


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Statistics and Probability
Gleeson College
    This activity was developed by professional learning coordinator, Gerald Carey from Gleeson College in SA. This activity includes a rubric.

    Use CensusAtSchool data to analyse and make predictions on topics such as eye colour, favourite foods and how students travel to school.
Link to Isha Sking's Stats Quest work

Investigation: Reaction Time
John Curtain Collage of the Arts
    This activity was developed by maths teacher, Donna Buckley from John Curtin College of the Arts in WA. This activity includes a rubric.

    Use CensusAtSchool data to investigate reaction times and whether certain factors could affect reaction times.
Link to Isha Sking's Stats Quest work

Eye Colour
Park Primary School
    Use CensusAtSchool data to discover if your school class is similar to others by comparing students’ eye colours.
Activity Eye Colour.rtfActivity Eye Colour.rtf
(RTF document 54 KB)

Spreadsheet_ Year 5.xlsSpreadsheet_ Year 5.xls
(xls document 39 KB)

Spreadsheet_Year 6.xls
(xls document 40 KB)

Taking Real
Data Further Mathematically
Presbyterian Ladies College
    This activity was developed by maths teacher, Andrew Stewart from Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne.

    The activity and accompanying Excel spreadsheet are designed for year 11-12 students to analyse categorical CensusAtSchool data.

Activity_Taking Real Data.docActivity_Taking Real Data.doc
(Word document 115 KB)

Spreadsheet_Taking Real Data.xls
(xls document 199 KB)

In Pursuit of Beauty

    Use CensusAtSchool data and ClassPad calculators to investigate gender and physical characteristics variables of students.
Activity_Pursuit of Beauty.pdfActivity_Pursuit of Beauty.pdf
(PDF document 548 KB)

CensusAtSchool Data from Albany and Perth
Albany Senior High School

    Jan Forte developed an extensive list of questions for her students to answer using data about students from Albany and Perth. This activity gives students the chance to investigate and discuss issues about data quality and sampling.
Activity_Albany & Perth.rtfActivity_Albany & Perth.rtf
(RTF document 970 KB)

Spreadsheet_Albany Excel Sheet.xls
(xls document 64 KB)

Spreadsheet_Perth Excel Sheet.xls
(xls document 65 KB)

A Picture Tells
A Thousand Words
Canterbury Girls Secondary College

    Use CensusAtSchool data about students’ use of technology at home to format spreadsheets and display data.

    Use CensusAtSchool data to learn some of the built in functions of Excel such as minimum, maximum and median.
Activity_Thousand Words.rtfActivity_Thousand Words.rtf
(RTF document 613 KB)

Handy Functions.rtf
(RTF document 1,254 KB)

Scotch College

    Students generate a dataset from the CensusAtSchool Random Sampler containing 50 male and female samples. Using the data contained in their samples, students find percentages, predict probabilities and compound events.
(RTF document 5,619 KB)

Cross Curricular

Using CensusAtSchool as a Business
Education Resource

    This article appeared in Compak Issue 2 in 2009. As well as providing an overview of CensusAtSchool, this article has three activities covering topics such as: sources of income; marketing surveys; and income and gender.

    This activity covers: Economics, Civics and Citizenship and Commerce.
Activity_C@S Bus. Ed.pdfActivity_C@S Bus. Ed.pdf
(PDF document 113 KB)

How Much Can You Earn?

Middle Years
    Use ABS data to explore average employee earnings for men and women in particular industries.
      This activity covers: Economics, ICT, Financial Literacy and Mathematics.

    The Very Challenging Trivia Quiz on Australia

      Use ABS data to answer questions about Australia, its population and characteristics.

      This activity covers: Literacy / Numeracy, ESL and Civics and Citizenship and is suitable for all year levels as well as Adult Education.
    Activity_Trivia Quiz on Australia.rtfActivity_Trivia Quiz on Australia.rtf
    (RTF document 10,058 KB)

    Migration and Estimated Resident Population
    Middle Years
      Use ABS Social Datasets to explore changes in migration patterns and estimated resident population.
      This activity covers: SOSE, Geography and Literacy/ Numeracy.
    (RTF document 57 KB)

    Activity_Estimated Resident Population.rtf
    (RTF document 35 KB)

    Australia's Top 50 Countries of Birth, Estimated Resident Population, Median Age and Sex Ratio

    Middle Years

      Uses a new ABS Social Dataset to explore countries with the highest number of people residing in Australia, and the differences between these countries in terms of ERP, Age and Sex Ratio.

      This activity covers: Humanities subjects.

    Case Studies

    Mathew Flinders Girls Secondary College

    Students completed the CensusAtSchool ‘Who Am I’ activity as the mathematics component of their introductory unit for Year 9. Working in pairs, students compared their classmates’ physical characteristics with a random sample of Year 9 students taken from the CensusAtSchool database. Students then measured the central tendency of their datasets by calculating mean, median and mode.

    Anglesea Primary School

    Anglesea Primary School integrated CensusAtSchool data with a major project focused on Inquiry-based learning. The project was given to grade 5 and 6 students who had an hour a day to work on their chosen Inquiry Topic. At the end of term students gave a class presentation of their findings to their parents and peers.

    Amaroo School

    Margaret Wong, Head of Mathematics, developed a three part CensusAtSchool assignment for her Year 8 and 9 classes. First, students selected a CensusAtSchool sample and summarised the data using tables and graphs. Then students surveyed their classmates and compared the results with a CensusAtSchool sample. Finally, students presented their findings and explained how the data could be used to promote a product or service.

    Carlton South Public School

    Ronelle Hewes introduced her Year 5 and 6 students to CensusAtSchool data by getting them to pose a question relating to data contained in CensusAtSchool Questionnaires. Once students had developed their question, they identified the data necessary for answering their question and generated an appropriate data set in the Random Sampler. Students then analysed the data using percentages or averages, created a table and a graph that best illustrated their findings, and wrote a statement to help explain the data.

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