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This resource is part of a set of 6 lessons that make use of the book Dear Data by Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi.

*Note: if the students have two lessons a week swap lesson 2 and 3**

Learning Intentions [Set of 6 lessons]

  • How to ask questions to allow more depth to data collected
  • How to uncover the story within the collected data
  • Using a visualisation to present the data so that others can discover information

Success criteria [Set of 6 lessons]

Have created a data self portrait using:

  • Adding depth questions to a data gathering task
  • Collecting data to match these questions
  • Interpreted the collected data to find the new information
  • Created a visualisation to allow fellow students and teachers to discover the information within your data

Learning Intentions [This Lesson]

  • How to find your interesting data within the tally chart

Success Criteria [This Lesson]

  • Identified the interesting data in your tally chart
  • Designed three concepts to represent your data
  • Designed to layouts on how to divide your final visualisation


    • Pen/pencil & paper
    • Completed Data Collection worksheet (lesson 2)

Main Activity

The slides explore different and novel ways data can be visualised.

Visualisation is part of the analysis step of PPDAC the data problem solving framework.

Learners should complete two tasks:

  • Slide 3: identify interesting data in their tally chart from lesson 2.
  • Slide 16: Create your own visualisation

Students should draw one of the items for their theme in the corner of the box, they should then make one change and draw a series of that change (they will need this for choosing which change should represent each questions – if they have five answers and can only think of two changes they will not be able to use that change) size, shape, colour, thickness, angle etc. and repeat this through as many changes as they can.


  • 0-10 minutes: introduce the changes using leaves and lines examples
  • 10- 35 minutes: Three themes expanded on design sheet to show the changes that could form the key (8 min a theme)
  • 35-40 minutes: The layout how to match the topic to the positioning in the final visualisation
  • 40-50 minutes: sketch layouts for two of the three themes.