Pokemon Data Handling: A Photo Essay

Getting inspiration from the brilliant Adam Hill, I recently used Pokemon as a stimulus for a data handling unit in mathematics. It was the perfect topic because the pupils love the game and there is so much information available to collect and interpret.

Leaving the task fairly open, my class could choose to survey the class (trainer levels, opinions, achievements etc.) or alternatively use the raw data of different Pokemon characters.


Here’s what we did:

Pokemon in the classroom
Firstly I displayed the key expectations of the project on Google Classroom.

Pokemon in lessons
Next the students wrote a questionnaire. Their Pokemon cards and the website pokemondb.net/ helped them with this.

Pokemon in the classroom
There is lots of data associated with Pokemon.

Pokemon in the classroom.
After, tables of results were created.

Pokemon in the classroom.
The students then carried out surveys.

Pokemon data handling

Pokemon data handling
A range of graphs were constructed based on the data collected (‘egg groups’ are great for Venn diagrams as some Pokemon belong to more than one group).

Pokemon maths
Some students chose to work on computers.

Pokemon in maths teaching

Pokemon in maths teaching

Pokemon in maths teaching

Pokemon in maths teaching
‘Best’ versions were created of the results tables and graphs.

Pokemon in maths teaching

Pokemon in maths teaching
Conclusions were made.

Pokemon in maths teaching
Work was collated onto a board.

Pokemon in maths teaching
Finally, the project was presented to the class.

Have you used Pokemon in lessons?  Let me know how by commenting below.

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