Who Lives In My House? A Digital Technology Lesson for F-2

Summary of Lesson Plan:

This lesson provides students from years Foundation to Year 2 with the opportunity to explore the concept of data, recording data and representing it. The lesson helps students to make connections to data in their own homes and provides them with the first insight into viewing data as information.

Australian Curriculum Links:

F-2 Digital Technologies:

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Warm Up (5 minutes)

  • Ask students about their family – who is in their family?
  • Introduce a new word “Data” – explain that Data is a fancy word for “information” or “facts”
  • Tell students that today, we are going to collect data about their families!

Guided Independent Activity (50 minutes)

  • Provide each student with a Data Collection Worksheet
  • Walk students through completing each part of the collection worksheet using Roman Numeral/Tally (note: younger students may not have come across this concept yet, so you can explain how each I represents “one” on the whiteboard)
  • Students complete a tally for “How Many Adults Live in My House,” “How Many Siblings I Have” and “How Many Pets We Have”
  • Students use coloured paper to cut and glue a house (with younger students, you may like to have the shapes pre-cut to make this step quicker and neater!)
  • In the middle of the house, students use coloured squares of paper to represent the different members of their household
  • Students now have their data represented in three ways – 1. In a tally; 2. Number 3. Visually using coloured squares. Glue both side-by-side on an A3 piece of paper and display.

Wrapping Up (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to share their Data houses with the class. Discuss – who has the same number of people and animals in the house? What can we learn about each other from this data? In what ways are the two data representations (tally, number and squares) the same? In what ways are
    they different?

Assessment Ideas:

  • Collection of student work samples highlighting ability to create tally and represent data.
  • Anecdotes on student successes and challenges throughout the lesson.


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This lesson was provided by:

Kim Maslin

Digital Technologies Educator

W: https://kimmaslin.com

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