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Oak Lawn School Library: Lines, Bars, and Circles

Essential Question

How can I represent information with pictures?

Lesson 1 - Lines, Bars, and Circles

  • Introduction: Ask the kids what they know about charts and graphs. Make a few sample charts on the whiteboard using data from the class, like shirt colors or types of shoes. Explain that these ways of representing information with pictures have only been around for a couple hundred years; someone had to invent them!
  • Readaloud: Read Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker. 
     
  • Activity: TBD.

     

Lesson 3 - Bars

  • Review: Remind the students that we learned about line charts last week. Show an example and review the concept of X and Y axes. Let them know that today, we'll work with bar charts.
     
  • Lesson: Bainstorm types of data that could fit into this type of graph. Create one.
     
  • Activity: Find or create a bar graph worksheet for the kids to complete.

 

Lesson 2 - Lines

  • Review: Remind the students that we read about the inventor of three kids of graphs last week: line charts, bar charts, and pie charts. Today we'll work with line charts.
     
  • Lesson: X and Y axes. Brainstorm types of data that could fit into this type of graph. Create one.
     
  • Activity: Find or create a line graph worksheet for the kids to complete.

 

Lesson 4 - Circles

  • Review: Remind the students that we read about the inventor of three kids of graphs last week: line charts, bar charts, and pie charts. Today we'll work with line charts.
     
  • Lesson: X and Y axes. Brainstorm types of data that could fit into this type of graph. Create one.
     
  • Activity: Find or create a line graph worksheet for the kids to complete.

 

Week 5 - Assessment

4 = All answers correct and student creates bonus graph that makes sense

3 = Only 1 or 2 incorrect answers

2 = 3-5 incorrect answers

1 = 6 or more incorrect answers

Standards Addressed

AASL:  1.1.4 - Find ... sources; 3.2.2 - Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions; 4.1.1 - Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth; 4.1.3 - Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres; 4.1.8 - Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning

Common Core: MD.D.10 - Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.