Reflection: Checks for Understanding Patterns in Nature - Section 2: Graphing the Data


I had two purposes for this lesson today. I wanted students to see if there were patterns in things other than numbers, and I wanted to assess what they understood about graphing. I was not doing individual assessment here, but rather checking the general understanding of what a graph is, how to create one, and how to read one. 

When I posted the blank paper with no lines I was curious to see if students understood that a graph is an organization of data, and not just random pictures. 

Students realized that they needed columns right away. They also realized that you had to put numbers under the columns so people would know where to put their pictures. Putting a label on the graph was more difficult. I had to prompt by asking how I would know which paper to put my 2 pictures on and would it matter. With this prompt students quickly saw the need for a label. 

I think the reason for this is that in the past we have only created 1 graph at a time so the title wasn't all that important, but today, with 2 graphs, the need for the title was much more obvious.

Overall, I was able to gain a clearer picture of my student's understanding of what a graph is, how it works, and how they can use it to better understand data.

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Patterns in Nature

Unit 8: Numbers Have Patterns
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT find patterns in nature and collect data to use in graphing and analyzing data

Big Idea: Are there patterns in nature that can be described by numbers? That is what we will find out here.

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