Note: Before teaching this lesson, it is important that students have knowledge of a variety of graphs and how/when they might be used to display data.

2. Have the students independently observe the Wordle and consider the following questions:

a) What is the most/least common response?

b) What does our class know about data?

c) Which 3 words might summarize the answer to the question? Why?

3. Discuss the questions as a whole class.

Student Assignment:

4. Using the game of Skee-ball, collect data and create a graph of your choice that you believe best depicts the data. Some possible investigations may be:

i) How many students in my class think Skee-ball is a difficult game? (bar graph)

ii) How many boys and girls like/dislike Skee-ball? (double-bar graph)

iii) My Class’s scores (histogram)

Note: Students may choose to use first-hand or second-hand data.

Assessment:

Criteria

Beginner

Intermediate

Expert

Data

-The student is able to gather his/her first-hand data as well as the second-hand data

Doesn’t know the difference between the two kinds of data.

Does understand one of the two kinds of data.

Does understand how to get the two kinds of data and the difference between them.

Graph

-The student is able to construct a double bar graph

Creates a graph with several characteristics/labels missing.

Creates a graph with only a few characteristics/labels missing.

Creates a graph perfectly including all the characteristics/labels.

Analyzing graph

-The student is able to draw conclusions

Concludes two or less observations from the graph.

Concludes three or four observations from the graph.

Concludes five or more observations from the graph.

Engaged

-The student is able to practice what he/she has been learning using the strategies.

Does not know what to do or how to do it.

Does his/her work but has a few questions to complete his/her work.

Does his/her work independently referring to his/her notes and past assignments, activities, and tasks.

Student Reflection:

Why do you feel that the graph you chose was the best representations for your data? Explain. If you were to do this again, what would you do differently?