The lesson assists students by helping them learn how to work with data that is not made up of just whole numbers. Fractions are reviewed during the lesson, as well as how to both create and read line plots. Students will both create their own graphs and other representations of data, and also practice reading graphs and data. This lesson could be used with other lessons relating to graphs, histograms, fractions, or collecting data.
Sample classroom Procedures:
- Begin by explaining to students that not all data that is collected will be nice whole numbers. But that doesn’t slow down researchers! They adjust their number lines and analyze their data.
- While reading the content pages, reinforce fractions and give students additional examples of line plots in order to help them practice drawing them. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Introduce the notes on representing and interpreting data. Have students practice problems. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Have students work together to ask questions about data provided.
- Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually or in pairs to create their game. Allow students to bring in supplies and have various supplies available.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
- Distribute the Homework page. Help students understand how to collect the data if needed.
- In closing, ask students to explain why it is important to represent and interpret data.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
None for Grade 6
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session
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