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  • The science capability ‘Interpret representations’ encourages students to think about how data is presented, what the representation tells us and how it gets the message across. Visual representations contain literacy and numeracy components that students may need support to understand.

    In this activity, students observe and interpret graphs from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s Our atmosphere and climate 2020 report. The activity includes discussion questions to help students understand the ways in which the representations present information.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • develop literacy and numeracy skills for interpreting information from graphs
    • identify the components of a graph
    • discuss the purpose of the graph.

    Download the Word file (see link below).

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    The article Our atmosphere and climate – introduction has links to resources that inform students (and the general public) about the state of New Zealand’s climate.

    The climate change topic curates all Hub resources. Use the filters at the top of the page to find specific resources.

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    Using infographics challenges students to delve into infographics and how they present science information.

    Using weather data challenges students to use long-term weather datasets to create and interpret graphs.

    Climate data analysis challenges students to work with long-term weather data using Data Studio.


    This resource has been produced with the support of the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ. (c) Crown Copyright.

      Published 15 October 2020 Referencing Hub articles
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