Aboriginal Perspectives


Statistics and Probability

Jessica Wesaquate

Subject Area:



Statistics and Probability

Grade Level:



Main Objective:

Students will collect, display and analyze data to make predictions about a population.

General Outcome:

Collect, organize and describe, with guidance, data based on first-hand information.

Specific Outcomes:

Collect, with guidance, first-hand information by counting objects, conducting surveys, measuring and performing simple experiments.


Activity 1: Print off six copies of each of the following still images from the Tim Haywahe tipi raising:

  1. Welcome

  2. Measuring the canvas

  3. Rope at the top

  4. Adding pins

  5. Flaps

  6. Little Sisters

On the back of each picture, write the letter that responds with it in a big font. You will also need some sort of container.

Activity 2: Same pictures as above (only one copy of each). Possibility: print images off in colour, blocks, and graphing mat

Activity 3: One copy of each picture listed in activity one


  1. Refer to the materials sections for images needed for this activity. You should have 36 images printed for this activity. The pictures will be fine printed in black and white. Have students fold each image into four. Put all of these folded images into a container of any kind. Have a student volunteer close his or her eyes and pull out a picture. The student will look at the letter on the picture and color in the cell in the chart that corresponds with the letter. Have another student repeat the selection procedure and colour another cell. The activity is finished when one column is full. See below for a chart idea. Students can fill out individual charts or you can make a large class-size chart.

    A B C D E F

    Ask students the following questions after activity has been accomplished:

    • What letter/picture appears the most?

    • What letter/picture appears the least?

    • What questions can you ask about your results?

  2. Have students determine which Tim Haywahe still image is their favorite. Post the pictures in a common place amongst the students – whether that is the whiteboard at the front of the class or on a board in the reading area.

    • Using a class list, survey children and record their answers.

    • Using blocks, have students demonstrate what they learned on a graphing mat.

    • Ask students what three things their graphs demonstrate about the pictures.

    • Give students some time to create a question in regards to what they might ask a friend about their graph.

  3. Using the above pictures as a visual, ask students what they want to know about the tipi. Have students do some research on the tipi. Ask the students the following:

    • How will you organize your information?

    • How will you use the graphing mat to show what you have learned?

    • What are two questions you can ask the class about your graph?