Fractions and Line Plots

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When we have a lot of data, it is helpful to see it presented in a graph.  There are many types of graphs to choose from in order to display data such as pie graphs, bar graphs, histograms, and many more. A line plot is a type of graph.  It shows the frequency of data along a number line.  If you have whole numbers or fractions, a line plot can be made so that you can see patterns in the data.

Fractions and Line Plots Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Fractions and Line Plots
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing and contrasting Fractions and Line Plots
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-5 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

When we have a lot of data, it is helpful to see it presented in a graph.  There are many types of graphs to choose from in order to display data such as pie graphs, bar graphs, histograms, and many more. A line plot is a type of graph.  It shows the frequency of data along a number line.  If you have whole numbers or fractions, a line plot can be made so that you can see patterns in the data.

Sample classroom Procedures:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that displaying information graphically can help us to see trends and understand information easier than if it is presented with just numbers.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of fractions and line plot graphs in order to help them practice interpreting and organizing data. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on fractions and line plots. Have students practice reading and interpreting graphs.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice collecting data and creating their own line plots.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually to collect their coin flipping data and then as a whole class to generate a line plot. Ask students questions about the line plot they created as a class.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students collect a single piece of data by measuring their partner’s pencil to get them started.
  8. In closing, ask students why it is important to present numerical information graphically.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.B.4, CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade

Subject

Math