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My greatest challenge with teaching students about graphing and data is helping them make real world connections. It’s easy to make a graph about things they’ve heard of before, but it’s tricky to demonstrate how they can use data outside of the classroom. I’m still working on refining my instruction in this area, but implementing this data and graphing project in my classroom has helped. My students get excited about graphing and data and start to make connections across multiple representations.
This project includes five data and graphing representations: frequency tables (regular table), tally charts, dot plots (line graph or line plot), bar graphs, and pictographs. It also includes a short quiz students can complete as part of the project, or as a separate assignment. It also includes details for the week of lessons I teach with this data and graphing project.
The product includes the version I use with my students and a second version that is entirely editable so you can adapt it to meet your needs.
A preview of this project is available as a freebie. You can download that product here.
Both this project and the freebie are aligned to the following standards:
Texas TEKS: 3.8A, 3.8B, 4.9A, and 4.9B
Common Core: 3.MD.B.3, 4.MD.B.4
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