Histograms

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Now that your students can effectively collect data, they need to learn ways to present that data so others can quickly and easily understand it. The lesson introduces students to histograms, a visual representation of numerical statistical data. Students will review the steps to collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. Activity and practice sheets provide students with an opportunity to collect data and create their own histograms. A suggested homework assignment and quiz for assessment are also included with the lesson. The lesson will be most effective when used with other lessons pertaining to data collection and graphing.

Histograms Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Histograms
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing and contrasting Histograms
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grade 6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The interactive lesson introduces students to histograms, a visual representation of numerical statistical data displayed in a way that makes it quick and easy to understand.  During the lesson, students will review the steps to collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.  The lesson includes an activity that offers students detailed instructions on how to create a histogram using Excel.  The lesson will be most effective when used with other lessons pertaining to data collection and graphing.

Classroom Instructions:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that collecting and displaying statistical data is important skill for any career that they chose in the future.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce how to interpret and create a histogram as well as providing students additional examples of histogram problems in order to help them practice.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on histograms. Have students practice interpreting and creating histograms.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems by creating their own histograms and determining the range of the categories.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students answer the three data collection questions on the board or large pieces of paper.  Have them work individually or in pairs to create their graphs on the computer.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share their work at the beginning of the next class and display some of their graphs in the classroom or hallway.
  8. In closing, ask students to think of how different jobs could use histograms to help their business or practice.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.4, CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

6th Grade

Subject

Math