This pack is rigorous, engaging, and common core aligned!
I feel that many concepts are best taught using a spiraling approach. Rather than spending several consecutive weeks graphing using our adopted textbook (I tried it, and believe me it got rather old quickly!) I decided to create engaging graphs for my students and yours to work with throughout the entire school year. My goal is to focus on a graph per week, but we know that some weeks are a little tricky, so I allow for flexibility.
This pack includes graphs for September, October, and November. Each week students will create a tally chart, bar graph, picture graph, and questions analyzing the collected data. I love that students actually create the graphs as a class, in a small group, or independently. This procedure increases both rigor and engagement.
Having students create questions and answers related to our weekly graph is very powerful! I’ve included question stems and key words to help with this higher level thinking task.
As for grading, I usually select one graph per month to have the students analyze and create independently. I collect that assignment for a grade. So for a typical month we create and analyze one graph together as a class, two will be completed in a small group setting, and one independently for assessment purposes. By the end of the school year I have collected 10 data points to reflect this standard, and students have had numerous opportunities to practice, practice, practice!