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Video: Graphing without Numbers (or Graph Paper)

Do your students struggle with graphing?

In this video, we’ll look at distance vs. time graphs and show a method of producing them that doesn’t use numbers or rulers or graph paper.

Graphs are a pictorial means of expressing data. But as novice learners, students can get so focused on how to graph that they fail to focus on what the graph means.

Graphing is complicated. It requires students to 1) look at their data, 2) translate that into a number, 3) plot that number on a piece of paper, and 4) end up with something that looks nothing like their experiment that they need to make sense of.

Sometimes we get so focused on the mechanics of graphing, that we forget to teach kids the point and benefit of graphing. Learning to interpret a graph is a skill no budding scientist can be without.

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