Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
1st Week: Getting to Know Each Other Through Graphs
Big Idea:We are studying animals. Before we can begin, it's good to know what our starting point is, so in this activity students make a list of all the animals they can think of, which informs the teacher about background knowledge and interests.
Big Idea:Many students create bar graphs and can explain questions like "more than" and "less than", but are not accustomed to actually gathering the data and building the graph from the ground up. This engaging lesson requires students to do all of the above.
Big Idea:The students are working on a large project focused on helping save the Little Brown Bat, which will culminate in the building of bat houses for our community. This lesson pairs graphing skills with learning about White Nose Syndrome in bats.