I came across an EXCELLENT graph literacy software module set on concord.org thanks to an article I read in an NSTA journal. The modules are found here: http://concord.org/projects/graph-literacy#curriculum
I have always wanted to work with my students and reading graphs/interpreting data, but wasn't quite sure where to start until I came across the article. I made a sheet to guide students through most of the modules-
-- 1.2, which goes into scales on graphs (and how viewing at different scales can make your data look different). After completing the module, they complete practice problems that I created- one, figuring out which graphs in a set present the same data, and then secondly, creating two graphs from the same data set, but at different scales, and deciding which best represents the data.
-- 2.1 Graphs Tell a Story; students progress through the module and then are presented with a graph that I created. They have to tell the story of the graph and explain, using data, what is going on.
-- 2.2 Hurricane Katrina- the students walk thorough the module and interpret the data with the module, as well as some questions related to the module (but the answers are not provided in the series).
--2.3 Growing Up- again, students answer questions based on the module and have to also do a little thinking beyond the information that the module presents. Finally, they compare two graphs that shows the growth rate of the average US boy vs the average US girl and have to make a claim about the graphs, using evidence. If your students do CERs, you can even add in an extra line to have them connect the two and provide reasoning.
I present the last two modules as extra credit- the students can complete one or both and summarize what they learn throughout the process of completing the module.
I plan to have my students start the packet in class and complete any remaining work as homework. You could also split it into parts and do one module each day.
All images in the packet come directly from the Graph Literacy modules or the accompanying lesson plans.
Note: I had a problem on my home computer going through the Concord modules in Chrome. I don't know if it's just my computer, if all using Chrome will have the same problem. The module worked just fine for me in Firefox. You may want to check this out on the site before purchasing to make sure it will work for you!