Books for discussing data

Below is a list of books which teachers have found useful for starting conversations about data in the classroom. Book reviews from teachers and learners will be linked below each title as we receive them.

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Data Visualisation Examples

We have pulled together an (ever-growing!) set of data visualisation examples, categorised by type—e.g. bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, scatter plots, histograms, heat maps, and many more—as well as curricular level at which we would expect comprehension and creation of each graph.

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Micro:bit Monsters (Early/First Level version)

Make a Micro:Pet that smiles and sings! In this lesson, learners will code a micro:bit to show a face and make sounds. The learners can then design a papercraft monster to fit round the micro:bit.

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Datasets resource

Interested in Pokemon? Hip hop music? Air quality? Gender equality? Football? Space dogs? There's a data set for it!

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Data Explorer Cards

Our Data Explorer cards introduce children and young people to a data problem-solving approach (PPDAC). The design builds on informal question-asking behaviours and supports learners’ exploration of data in relation to the themes of Lego! Birds! Lost Property! Plastics! or a theme of their choosing. Question prompts on the cards support learners to explore problems, plan, collect data, analyse and draw conclusions.

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Spotify Data Analysis

Spotify Data Analysis makes use of secondary data from Spotify.

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Make a Top Trumps Game

Helping learners become familiar with the idea of data and how it can be categorised.

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Make a Guess Who Game

Using the well known children’s game to help us think about data, categorisation and pattern matching.

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