Collecting, organising, representing and analysing data provide a basis on which to describe 'what is' and predict 'what might be'. The information supplied by the weather report, in any newspaper, provides many opportunities for students to investigate and develop sound concepts about chance and data handling.

The weather report supplied here, deals in today's and tomorrow's forecasts using easily recognisable picture format. It is accessible to all learning levels K-6 and is limited only by the teacher's imagination.

The questions given represent three paths of possible investigation, from data representation, to discussions on means and averages, and the basis for an integrated mathematics and science unit. If anyone has access to an overseas newspaper, students could be encouraged to include a global comparative analysis of the weather to the lesson.

(Written by Joanne Winckle, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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