Creating a graph to represent data gives us a better picture of what the numbers are trying to tell us. Using a step-by-step approach, this activity will demonstrate for each student how to generate various types of graphs and plots to interpret given data. Terms such as range, class, frequency, interval, pie charts, histograms, and line graphs are introduced to assist the student in creating and understanding these graphs.
After introducing the terms and a class discussion has taken place, the activities may be introduced as a class lecture, assigned as class work, given as a class assignment, or assigned as a homework activity. An excellent follow up exercise would be to have the student present their results to their classmates by placing their solution on the board or as an oral presentation.
The use of computer spreadsheet software will be suggested in various activities presented.
Creating Graphs from Data contains 5 activities encompassing 26 pages with solutions for each activity provided. A student objective is also given for each activity.
Common core standards included in this activity are SP.B.4 and SP.B.5a.
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