The lesson presents graphs and helps students understand why we use them. Organizing data into a graph helps us to see the information quickly and be able to interpret or make predictions about the data. Parts of a graph, including the x- and y-axis, are explained as part of the lesson. Activity pages are included that give students the opportunity to create their own graph and then answer questions based on the data shown in the graph. The lesson could be used in conjunction with other lessons about data collection.
- Begin by showing students a bar chart from a newspaper or magazine. Ask them what they know about the graph.
- While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of bar graph questions in order to help them practice the new skill. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Introduce the notes on Interpreting and Representing Data. Have students practice problems reading and interpreting graphs. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Have students practice answering problems about graphs.
- Follow Activity page with students. Hand out a bag of Lucky Charms to each student. Tell students they can eat the cereal after they have collected all the data! Have students work individually.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
- Distribute the Homework page. Have students check their work against their neighbor.
- In closing, ask students why making graphs is important in understanding data.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session
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