## Monday 19 August 2013

### The Human Graph

As our culminating activity for a Week of Maths and to celebrate National Maths Day, the whole school got together to create a human graph and to answer the age-old question...

## What Fruit Did You Have For Breakfast?

Very sneakily, this combined maths (data collection and representation) with a healthy diet.

Here are a few pics of what it all looked like:

Getting ourselves organised - yes, it took a bit of time. 560 kids to organise.

That's the "apple" line disappearing into the distance - very popular with the kids. "Bananas" is the next longest and the one you can see further across coming in third place is "strawberries" - they're very cheap at the moment.

Yep, that's the "strawberries" group with "apples" and "bananas" on the far left of the picture.

I got some Year 6 kids to design the data categories. They chose:

1. Apple
3. Banana
5. Grapes
6. Kiwi fruit
7. Mandarin
8. Orange
9. Peach
10. Pear
11. Rockmelon
12. Strawberry
13. Tomato
14. Watermelon
15. Other
16. None

## Results

1. Apple was the most popular fruit for breakfast, followed by banana and then strawberry.

2. Only 25 children had no fruit for breakfast.

3. Only 1 person had tomato for breakfast and 1 had avocado. These were the two smallest categories.

4. There was a protest that bananas are a herb.

5. There was an interesting selection of fruits in the "Other" category  - star fruit, cherries, pineapple, etc

## So what?

Over the week, have we achieved anything?

I think so.

• We have focused the kids' attention on data collection.
• We have got them to think about some of the issues behind working with data.
• We have constructed graphs.
• We have made statements based on information represented in graphs.
• We have made some sound generalisations about how to handle data.
• We have participated in an activity across the whole school P-6.
• We have had some fun.
Can't wait till next year...