Outdoor Learning - Stem and Leaf Graphs

Outdoor Learning - Stem and Leaf Graphs

Lesson 4 of 9 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 7
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Social
  • Outdoor Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students learn to use stem and leaf plots outdoors.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • create an easy to read representation of data on the length of tree leaves in the school grounds.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • gather data
  • plot data
  • analyse data.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Year 7 Mathematics:

Students learn to:

  • create different types of numerical data displays including stem-and-leaf plots using software where appropriate; describe and compare the distribution of data, commenting on the shape, centre and spread including outliers and determining the range, median, mean and mode (AC9M7ST02)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 7, students plan and conduct statistical investigations involving discrete and continuous numerical data, using appropriate displays. Students interpret data in terms of the shape of distribution and summary statistics, identifying possible outliers.

Resources required

  • Student workbooks


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

  • problem-solving
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - oversee activity and facilitate discussion.

This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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Introduction to Secondary STEM

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