Lesson Five 

Lesson five is about data and how we can use it. In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn about different types of data

  • Use data to select the best pumpkin seedling

  • Plant your pumpkin seedling outside

  • Plant your sunflower seeds


Data is a collection of facts or numbers that can used for reference. Look at the picture of these five tī kōuka (cabbage trees) in Christchurch Botanic Gardens. We are going to learn about the different types of data using this picture.

Tī kōuka (cabbage trees) in Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Aotearoa.

Tī kōuka (cabbage trees) in Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Aotearoa.

Qualitative Data provides a description of subject:

  • It is a sunny day

  • The leaves on the tī kōuka are green

Quantitative Data uses numbers to provide information about the subject. There are two types of quantitative data. One is Discrete Data, or data that can be counted:

  • There are 5 tī kōuka in the photo

  • There are 0 flowers on the tī kōuka

The other type is Continuous Data, or information that can be measured:

  • The tallest tī kōuka is 5.35m tall

  • The temperature is 23.4 degrees Celsius

Your seedlings

As a class, decide on up to three pieces of qualitative, discrete and continuous data that you can collect, count, or measure. In a group, collect data about one of your seedlings and fill in the table, then compare your data with the data that the rest of the class has collected.

Planting out

Use the data you have recorded to select the strongest seedling. It is time to plant your seedling out into your garden! If your garden or plot is big enough, you may want to plant more than one seedling out to improve your chances of growing a big pumpkin!


This week, we can plant our sunflower seeds in little pots, or outside straight into the ground. Use these instructions to help!