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ACSF Numeracy Level 2 Sample Activities



Personal and community

  • –  Compares the costs of purchasing everyday items in different sized containers to work out the best way to purchase (e.g. compares the cost of buying drinks in three different sized containers – 500 ml, 1.25 litre and 2 litre), taking into account the rate of usage and wastage

  • –  Gives instructions, including a sketch map and an estimate of distance and travel time, for an everyday route, e.g. for a friend to drive home from work

  • –  Accurately measures a range of quantities to follow a recipe or operating instructions incorporating making a product of a smaller or larger size than specified, e.g. follows a recipe for six people and can adjust it to cater for 24 people

  • –  Compares and contrasts costs of alternate types of travel, e.g. travel options for three people using a plane, a bus, a train, a taxi or a hired car for a journey between two large cities

  • –  Reads and explains costs, data and graphical information on a bill or invoice from a utility organisation, e.g. a phone, gas, electricity or water bill

  • –  Collects data and information about a community or social issue from newspapers or the internet and writes a report presenting the information using everyday tables and graphs, e.g. showing the impact of a drought on a community, road accident statistics for a dangerous local intersection or sporting team results

  • –  Uses a calculator to compare the cost of a particular item from different retail outlets, e.g. from listings in a sales catalogue, from a local shop or from the internet, decides on the best buy and explains the reasons for that choice

  • –  Uses the rate of application to work out the amount of a product required for a particular area, such as a rectangle or square, e.g. the amount of paint needed to cover a room or the amount of lawn seed needed for a rectangular lawn

  • –  Creates a personal weekly budget in a spreadsheet

Workplace and employment

  • –  Works in a group to undertake a simple survey and record the results, including at least one everyday or routine graph, e.g. a workplace survey of workers’ OHS knowledge or accident rates

  • –  Works in a team to organise and cater for a meal or event (e.g. afternoon tea for a meeting) and decide on the cost per person

  • –  Identifies and explains uses and application of shapes in different work-related contexts, e.g. use of 2D and 3D shapes in building plans or in industrial packaging

  • –  Selects, totals and orders items from a catalogue within budgetary constraints, e.g. a workplace stationery order or food for a special event

  • –  Prepares a bill of materials or parts list for a particular job, e.g. to build a fence of a set length

  • –  Uses rate of application to work out the quantities required for a routine task, e.g. to paint a room or calculate the amount of pesticide required

  • –  Correctly enters data onto an electronic cash register and undertakes end-of-day summaries and the balancing of a till or accounts ledger

  • –  Uses appropriate technological devices to measure and record data and interpret the results, e.g. uses a blood pressure machine or reads micrometers and temperature gauges

  • –  Correctly adjusts quantities and follows operating instructions, including measuring quantities in order to make a product of a smaller or larger size than specified, e.g. adjusts and follows instructions specified for five litres of spray for volume of 20 litres

Education and training

  • –  Uses a calculator and/or a spreadsheet to undertake the numerical calculations required as part of a course of study and discusses the results, e.g. the impact of percentage increases and decreases on values, profit and loss statements, and analysis of the state or national economy

  • –  Uses familiar timetables and fare information to estimate the total daily time taken and total weekly travel costs to get to and from home to a course/training venue

  • –  Collects, collates and discusses data from a survey undertaken and prepares a report, e.g. makes a PowerPoint presentation on data that includes a routine chart or graph

  • –  Measures a number of different quantities to make a product according to given specifications, e.g. to follow a recipe (hospitality course) or to build a wooden box (building and construction course)

To achieve this level complete the following:

  • use a street directory and navigate driver
  • compare and contrast value of similar items from different catalogues
  • create shopping list and calculate prices for a project, eg: lunch for guests, DIY project
  • Order, compare and read comments on data and discuss with others, eg: footy scores, music charts
  • create a chart/table in a group and comment 
  • follow instructions to make a product, eg: recipe, mixture
  • calculate cost of 2 items and  estimate change after paying cash
  • keep record of hours and calculate pay
  • measure using ruler, scales, micrometer, measuring tape
  • record numbers or prices onto spreadsheet

  • compare different ways of making same journey using different modes of transport
  • read information in 2 column tables, eg: postage fees, tax forms
  • identify and name common shapes
  • compare and discusses changes and trends in pricing over past month, eg, petrol
  • read and discusses data in newspaper or website, e.g: road accident statistics