Reflection: Checks for Understanding Brushing Up on Graphing (Day 2 of 3) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Constructing Hand Drawn Graphs

 

One of the things I most enjoyed about this lesson involved the use of our graphs for deeper learning each day.  Students knew they were expected to bring in their completed graph each day but there was no pressure for it to be perfect for assignment turn in.  Instead, we used the graphs as tools for comparison, analysis, and improvement of skills based upon our guided class discussions.  By setting a later due date for both the Excel and hand drawn graphs, the focus shifted from the graphing product grade to the conceptual learning goals and improved skills practice.  

I couldn't be happier with how this lesson turned out.  The learning that my students experienced and the retention of graphing skills I am observing in class since this lesson made the three day time investment worthwhile.  

See my short video for more on specific check ins the kids might need as they construct their hand-drawn graphs.  

I could envision using any relevant data set you have access to that speaks to the interests and needs of your students. I can't wait to hear about the experiences of your students!

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Brushing Up on Graphing (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 2: Unit 2: The Science of Biology
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to identify the major parts of a graph and demonstrate high quality graphing skills by creating and analyzing line graphs from population data.

Big Idea: Create and use an interesting, contemporary data set to drive a discussion of the practice and use of graphs in scientific study and discussion!

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