Money winners all round, but...


The bar graph in this article is interesting because of the scale used and the impression it gives. The scale is evenly spaced up to $1 million but then it begins a new scale increasing by $1 million each time. Large discrepancies of the two non-Melbourne clubs still occur but would be even more excessive if produced on a uniform scale (dwarfing the opposition might be a good term!). Perhaps students could suggest reasons why this scaling might have been used.

The other graph uses a 2-dimensional drawing of a 3-dimesional football to represent the percentages of income and where it comes from, as well as expenditure and where it is spent. Students can check the calculations and discuss whether the representation in the graph is accurate. This gives numeracy practice with decimal place value and place value with large whole numbers. They can also discuss the effectiveness of the visual presentation.



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