Lesson Plan:

Graphing Colored Counters

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September 5, 2015
by Tanesha Harris

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use data gathered to complete a graph. Students will be able to use the data from a graph to answer questions.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students that today they will use what they have learned about counting, adding, subtracting, and graphing to create their own graphs.
  • Review these concepts with your students.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Display the graphing template, and review the different parts of the graph.
  • Show students a set of counters from a sandwich bag.
  • Instruct your students to sort by colors.
  • Hold the counters up as you sort them so that your students can count them as you sort.
  • Ask your students to tell you how many groups you sorted.
  • Have your students tell you what you will do with the information or data that you have gathered.
  • Ask for a volunteer to show you how to graph the data on the given graph.
  • Starting from the bottom, use a marker to color in one box for each counter.
  • Bring your students' attention to the information at the bottom of the graph.
  • Inform students that the columns should be labeled with the color.
  • Finally, direct students’ attention to the question part of the worksheet.
  • Have them answer the questions related to the graph that they create.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Give each of your students a sandwich bag with counters to sort.
  • Instruct your students to sort the items and count how many they have in total.
  • Ask your students to count how many items are in each group they created.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Inform students that they will create their own graph using counters in the bag.
  • Remind students to refer back to your example if they need additional guidance.
  • Have them fill out the worksheet with their own sandwich bags.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Give the students a blank worksheet on which they can create their own graph and questions. Encourage your students to use whatever data they choose, such as comparing ice cream flavors and favorite pets.
  • Support: Use only two different colored counters. Use fewer counters in the sandwich bags (from 2 to up to 5).

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Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Observe your students as they complete the lesson, giving guidance as they work.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask a student to volunteer to show their graphs.
  • Have them show their sandwich bag counters as well, and instruct the rest of the class to check the student's work.

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