Dying to Live - Surveying For Trends

Dying to Live - Surveying For Trends

Lesson 3 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Social
  • Disability
  • Equality
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson students will prepare and conduct a survey, and analyse their data for trends using comparative box and whisker plots. They will investigate the issues facing Australians who require an organ or tissue transplant, particularly those who live in remote communities. They will follow the story of Henry from the documentary film Dying to Live, who is in need of a cornea transplant. Students will also consider the impact of increasing organ donation rates and how this might improve organ availability for all Australians.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • be able to conduct a statistical investigation to address a real world issue
  • be able to prepare and conduct a survey, and analyse data for trends using box and whisker plots
  • understand processes and issues concerning organ transplantation and donation in Australia.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • use statistical tools including surveys and box plots to investigate a real world issue
  • collect and analyse data for trends
  • discuss issues concerning organ transplantation and donation in Australia.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 10 Mathematics:

  • Evaluate statistical reports in the media and other places by linking claims to displays, statistics and representative data (ACMSP253)
  • Construct and interpret box plots and use them to compare data sets (ACMSP249)
  • Determine quartiles and interquartile range (ACMSP248)

Syllabus outcomes: MA5.1-12SPMA5.2-15SPMA5.1-2WMMA5.2-2WM

General capabilities: NumeracyCritical and Creative ThinkingIntercultural UnderstandingEthical Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: They compare data sets by referring to the shapes of the various data displays. They evaluate statistical reports. They calculate quartiles and interquartile ranges.

Unit of work: Dying to Live – Mathematics – Year 9 & 10

Time required: 90+ mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher will need to facilitate class discussion and the development and collection of survey information.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical understanding
  • Social skills

Additional info

Dying To Live is a documentary feature film that examines organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia through seven different stories that highlight the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list. The film also aims to dispel myths about organ and tissue donation while encouraging family conversations so that family members are aware of their loved ones’ donation intentions. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

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