Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Going For The Gold - Section 2: Introducing the Olympics


Creating a graph is a relatively simple skill for most second graders. They are able to count how many of something and color in the correct row. Graphing requires one to one correspondence which for most second graders is something they are secure with.

Reading a graph takes a different set of skills. Again, if the question is how many of the category are there, second graders can count the number in that row. If the question asks for a comparison, it requires a different level of thinking and understanding. Students need to be able to find the amounts in the 2 categories and then find the difference. This is a subtraction/comparison skill that is not as automatic for some children.

It is important to realize that asking students to take apart the numbers, or put them together to say how many are in 2 categories requires a different level of understanding. 

Be sure to assess the ability to graph and the ability to interpret the graph as two different skills.

  Creating and Reading Graphs 2 Different Skills
  Diverse Entry Points: Creating and Reading Graphs 2 Different Skills
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Going For The Gold

Unit 11: The Numbers Are Getting Bigger
Lesson 12 of 15

Objective: SWBAT read and create graphs based on Olympic data for 2014

Big Idea: Current events - especially the Olympics - should not be ignored in the classroom. Bring the Olympics into the classroom as students gather and interpret data.

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