Basic Graphs

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Introduce the basics of line and bar graphs with our Basic Graphs Lesson Plan.  This lesson demonstrates with practical application how to read, analyze, and create a basic line graph and bar graph.  Anchor the purpose of graphs as a way to depict information using limited words and provide hands-on opportunities for students to develop their own graphs.  Build confidence as students share their graphs results with the class.  Explore meaningful survey questions and engage critical thinking skills as students predict answers to those survey questions.

Basic Graphs Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Basic Graphs.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on determining the different form of graphs, how to read them, analyze, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the basics of line and bar graphs with our Basic Graphs Lesson Plan.  This lesson demonstrates with practical application how to read, analyze, and create a basic line graph and bar graph.  Anchor the purpose of graphs as a way to depict information using limited words and provide hands-on opportunities for students to develop their own graphs.  Build confidence as students share their graphs results with the class.  Explore meaningful survey questions and engage critical thinking skills as students predict answers to those survey questions.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: Can you think of another way to give people information without speaking or writing out sentences?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Students may answer: videos, movies, etc. Lead the discussion to pictures, pictographs, and then graphs.
  3. Introduce graphs by displaying a blank line or bar graph. Take a quick survey of the students’ favorite ice cream: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry.
  4. Using the results, demonstrate and create a bar or line graph. Discuss with students how graphs can give people information using very few words.
  5. Distribute Basic Graphs content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute supplies. Circulate through the room assisting where necessary. Suggest students create the outlines of the graphs first with the labels, numbers, etc., before adding the lines or bars (strips of paper). Encourage students to add creative titles. Once completed, allow pairs of students to share their graphs.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share the survey questions and their graphs with the class.
  9. In closing, ask: If you could ask one question to every kid in America, what would you ask and why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.
  11. Depending on responses, ask students to predict some of the answers the kids would give for the question.
  12. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.C.4, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.D.10, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Math