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Prediction from a pictograph

Classroom discussion of the responses can be very rich in building on the personal experiences of the students. It can also develop an appreciation of graphical features and the need to acknowledge uncertainty when making predictions. This is a prelude to making informal inferences. This is an extract from the How Students Travel to School: Student Worksheet.


Graph depicting how children travel to school. Bus: 6 girls, 3 boys. Car: 4 girls, 1 boy. Walk: 3 girls, 4 boys. Train: 0. Bike: 1 girl, 5 boys.
  1. Would the graph look the same every day? Why or why not?
  2. A new student came to school by car. Is the new student a girl or a boy? How do you know?
  3. What does the row with the train tell about how the children get to school?
  4. Tom is not at school today. How do you think he will get to school tomorrow? Why?


The How Students Travel to School: Rubric with examples of responses can be downloaded.