At a glance
In this activity, students:
- think about trends in their school or community;
- make predictions about possible voting trends;
- analyze two data sets—a graph showing voter turnout in Canada since Confederation, and a table showing voting turnout by age from the last three federal elections;
- calculate the percentage point change and percent change for each age group;
- create a concept for how to show the table data effectively; and
- explain the rationale for their decision and reflect on the meaning behind the trends.
Big idea: Voter turnout changes over time. It is important to understand voter turnout numbers because participation in elections affects our democracy.
Subjects: This activity is designed for a mathematics or data management classroom. It can also be used in a language arts or social studies classroom.
Time needed: 60 minutes