Graphing Extravaganza (Day 2 of 2)
Lesson 4 of 4
Objective: SWBAT construct, analyze, and apply meaningful graphs to represent data.
Today's lesson is a follow-up to "Are All Graphs Created Equal?" Please click on the link to visit the previous lesson to access the curriculum and supporting documents to make this lesson the most effective for your students.
Students will use Graphing Warm-Up Handout to analyze the provided data and construct the appropriate graph to most effectively represent the data from the sample experiment.
The students will engage in a whole-class discussion to review the correct responses.
Students will also list the 5 essential components of a graph in a chorale response:
- Dependent (responding) variable represented on the Y axis
- Independent (manipulated) variable represented on the X axis
- A scale to measure the units on the X and Y axis using regular intervals
- Legend to define the different sets of data
The students will participate in a round-robin Interactive Graphing Practice Activity by rotating to each station set up around the room and completing each activity. Students will record their responses on the Student Answer Sheet and may use a calculator if necessary to solve the problem/situation at each station.
By actively engaging in the station rotation strategy, students take ownership in the activity and work in collaborative groups. Students enjoy the opportunity to independently move around the classroom and visit each station. The kinesthetic aspect of this graphing activity captures the attention of the students who are kinesthetic learners which in turn improves effort and the level of student learning.
Sample of Student Graphing Lab Answer Sheet #1 - demonstrates student engagement and student responses
Sample of Student Graphing Lab Answer Sheet #2 - demonstrates student engagement and student responses
Students will work in collaborative partners to continue to build capacity and confidence. Sample questions include reading a scenario and determining which graph best represents the situation. Conversely, in another example students will be shown a graph, they will analyze the curve, and then develop a statement best summarizing what has occurred.
The graphing activity will take 30-40 minutes so the students must remain watchful of the time in order to complete the task before the end of the class period. The students will receive many verbal reminders as time passes to help gauge their progress and increase their chances of completing the activity before the end of the class period.
To learn more about this lesson, click on the Lesson Reflection below.
This video clip captures two students working to determine which sample graph correctly illustrates the scenario in the question. Their enthusiasm was contagious and set the tone for the whole activity!
Graphing Lab Photo #1: shows the room arrangement where all student pairs have their own space to work at their assigned lab station. When students complete their station, they will look to find an open station and begin work right away. By setting up multiple stations around the room, students will maximize their instruction time by keeping students engaged throughout the entire lesson!
Graphing Lab Photo #2: shows an up-close view of two students working to determine which sample graph illustrates the movement of the car that is described in the problem.
Graphing Lab Photo #3: shows two students working to calculate the parts that are represented in the provided pie graph.
Students will have one more opportunity practice graphing sample data before we progress on from our Data Analysis Unit. It is imperative that students know, understand, and can apply the five components of a graph.
In tonight's Graphing Practice Homework, students will need to be able to read the provided prompt and decide which type of graph will best represent the data. Students will construct the appropriate graph and then respond to the comprehension/data analysis questions that are provided. Sameple Answer Key.
Students will be graphing throughout the year in future units of study, but this is the last opportunity for students to practice graphing in this review unit. Students are reminded that data analysis is the most important aspect of scientific research and that scientists are reliant on proper graphs to represent their achievement and discoveries!