Cats get a bad press: survey


Arithmetic means are reported in the third paragraph (4.67 prey per year, etc.) but there is no mention of 'average' anywhere in the article. This could provide a basis for discussion of the given values and interpretation in relation to their decimal values. Read at face value, the third paragraph could be seen as quite humorous and again a source of cartoon illustrations to show students' understanding of decimal parts of wholes.

Without an estimate of the total number of cats in the country it may be difficult to judge the size of the effect cats have on other animals. Percentages are also prominent and provide the opportunity to review their meaning and interpretation. A topic for discussion is the usefulness of the information provided.


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