Friday, 10 October 2014

Data Management Scavenger Hunt

This is an activity that we adapted from a TIPS activity (Grade 8 Unit 11, Day1, Pg 3). In this activity student are given a set of data (with no labels) and asked to find their matching graph and title (which are randomly placed around the room). Once finding their cards they are given a question card to use with their graph and data. It's actually a surprisingly difficult activity but it helps bring out conversations about types of data and what they should look like.


  • Gr7DM - select an appropriate type of graph to represent a set of data, graph the data using technology, and justify the choice of graph; read, interpret, and draw conclusions from primary data and from secondary data presented in charts, tables, and graphs (including relative frequency tables and circle graphs);
  • Gr8DM - select an appropriate type of graph to represent a set of data, graph the data using technology, and justify the choice of graph; read, interpret, and draw conclusions from primary data and from secondary data, presented in charts, tables, and graphs (including frequency tables with intervals, histograms, and scatter plots);
  • MBF3C - D1.5 identify different types of one-variable data, and represent the data, with and without technology, in appropriate graphical forms (e.g.,histograms, bar graphs, circle graphs, pictographs)
  • MAP4C - D1.4 create a graphical summary of two-variable data using a scatter plot , with and without technology
  • MDM4U - D1.5 interpret statistical summaries to describe the characteristics of a one-variable data set (note that this certainly can be used as review of all types of data)

Data Management Cards Prep work: Print, laminate (optional) and cut the cards out. Separated out the sets of data from the graphs and Titles. Each page contains one set of data, graph and title (note that one set has two possible matching graphs). Also included in the set are a page with extra questions and a page with the answer key on it.


1. Prep the classroom by randomly sticking the graphs and the titles around the room for students to find. Note that this activity was originally made for grade 8 but if you wanted to do it for grade 7 you should probably consider taking out any graphs with scatter plots.
2. Put students into groups of 2 or three (there are 17 different sets of cards)
3. Each group gets a set of data and are told to wander the room looking for their matching graph and title. Some of these are not easy so students should work together to decipher the information. You should probably circulated to give hints (with your answer key).
4. Once a group finds their matching cards, they are given a question card to answer regarding their graph.
5. If they finish early give them another set of data to try.

Data Management Scavenger Hunt (Doc) (PDF)

Did you use this activity? Do you have a way to make it better? If so tell us in the comment section. Thanks

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