Lesson 1 What varies?

Notesheet

What varies?

Activity 1 Coloured shapes

What is the relationship between the variables colour and shape? Complete Table (1). Table (1)
Variable Values

Coloured shapes again

Look at the new set of shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

Table (2)

Variable

Values

What are the variables and their values? Complete Table (2).

 

 

 

 

Is there still a relationship between colour and shape?

Are any of the variables related?

If you think the answer is ‘yes’ how are they related?

Activity 2 Coloured containers

What relationship is there between colour and size?

What do you predict will be the relationship between size and weight? Test your prediction, and complete Table (3) below.

Table (3)

Container Colour Size Weight
A

B

C

D

 

Is there a relationship between size and weight?

What relationship is there between colour and weight?

 

Workcard 1

 

Variables

 

 

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Relationships

Variables, values, relationships

Look at the sets of pictures.

Some things vary from picture to picture, and some stay the same.

 

 

 

Candles

Boiling

Talk in your groups and decide: what are the variables in each picture, what are their values, and is there any relationship between any of the variables?

 

 

 

 

Eggs

Sausages

Flowers

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