Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will consider what they know about homelessness through a Colour–Symbol–Feeling thinking routine and then further develop their understanding of homelessness by watching ‘Emma’s Story‘ from the Life After The Oasis documentary. Students will then investigate homelessness statistics from different demographics in Australia including, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, youth, older persons and people with a disability. They will calculate the mean, median and frequencies, and describe the data using the shape of histograms they have created both individually and in small groups.

Life After The Oasis is a 75 minute documentary that explores the issues, interventions and mindsets associated with youth homelessness in Australia. The film revisits characters and stories from the original 2008 documentary The Oasis and how opportunities and experiences have shaped their lives over the last ten years. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

Warning: The documentary and the clips contained in this lesson, contains explicit language, images of drug use and confronting scenes and may upset some viewers. Teachers should use their personal discretion when showing the documentary. This resource deals with the rising problem of youth homelessness and its associated social and personal issues. There may be students in your class who have experienced some of the issues discussed. You are encouraged to arrive at a set of agreements and ground rules for discussion with your class about the best way to approach the issues being covered in a way that recognises the dignity of our fellow classmates. Click here for tips on setting ground rules for class discussions and here for advice on how to handle sensitive topics and controversial issues in your classroom.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will be able to determine population means and medians.
  • Students will be able to compare means, medians and ranges of two sets of numerical data which have been displayed using histograms.
  • Students will understand how statistics and data are one way of highlighting and understanding the complexities of a social issue such as homelessness.

21st century skills: Communicating

 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 9 Mathematics:

  • Construct back-to-back stem-and-leaf plots and histograms and describe data, using terms including ‘skewed’, ‘symmetric’ and ‘bi modal’ (ACMSP282) (Stem-and-leaf plots not included in this lesson)
  • Compare data displays using mean, median and range to describe and interpret numerical data sets in terms of location (centre) and spread (ACMSP283)

Syllabus outcomes: MA5.1-1WM, MA5.1-2WM, MA5.3-4NA, MA5.1-12SP.

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical UnderstandingInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students make sense of the position of the mean and median in skewed, symmetric and bi-modal displays to describe and interpret data.

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – Mathematics.

Time required: 100 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – support students to access and manipulate data cubes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Means And Medians Factsheet (optional). What Is Homelessness? Factsheet – to be projected or a copy provided for each student. Histogram Factsheet – to be projected or a copy provided for each student. Handling Sensitive Topics And Controversial Issues Factsheet (Optional). 

Keywords: statistics, probability, homelessness, youth, histogram, mean, median, range, data, data cubes, demographic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, older persons, disability, The Oasis

Shark Island Productions and Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of The Caledonia Foundation to the development of these resources.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ... 

  • ... be able to determine population means and medians.
  • ... be able to compare means, medians and ranges of two sets of numerical data which have been displayed using histograms.
  • ... understand how statistics and data are one way of highlighting and understanding the complexities of a social issue such as homelessness.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • .... determine population means and medians.
  • ... compare means, medians and ranges of two sets of numerical data.
  • ... research effectively to find useful statistical information.
  • ... create and evaluate homelessness statistics for a particular demographic using histograms.

Teacher content information: On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are experiencing homelessness. This alarming statistic raises many questions about homelessness in Australia and what is being done by government and non-government institutions to combat the problem. The Aust

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: 38% of people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25, with 9955 of these, aged 12-18 years.

Activating Prior Knowledge

Create a Colour –Symbol – Feeling chart that reflects your current understanding of homelessness. 

Colour Symbol Feeling

 

 

   

Who Are The People Experiencing Homeless?

Write down your own definition of homelessness below. 

Estimating Homelessness

Estimate the number of people experiencing homelessness by filling in the gaps with a number for each of the following statements. 

1. on any given night in Australia 1 in  00 people are experiencing homelessness.

2. There are  05,237 people experiencing homelessness in Australia.

3. There are  ,845 children under 10 who are experiencing homelessness, with   02 of them sleeping out.

4.  % are those who identify as male;  % are those who identify as female.

Counting The Homeless

My research group demographic is _________________________________

Homelessnes

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