Lesson Plan

Language About Line Plots

Encourage your students to describe line plots and the data they represent using peer supports. Use this lesson as a standalone lesson or as support to the lesson Linking Line Plots and Fractions.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Linking Line Plots and Fractions lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Linking Line Plots and Fractions lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to create a line plot that includes fractions of a unit.

Language

Students will be able to describe information on a line plot using visuals and sentence frames.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Information Gap Cards: Line PlotsInformation Gap Questioning CardsVocabulary Cards: Language and Line PlotsGlossary: Language and Line PlotsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Display a line plot from the Vocabulary Cards (with the definition and title covered) and have students write on their whiteboards what the the graph is called and what it shows.
  • Ask for volunteers to share their understanding of the graph and create a web with some of the details they share (e.g., has fractions, X's represent number frequency, number line with fractions in order, etc.).
  • Circle the words they say that appear in the Vocabulary Cards worksheet and use them in sentences as you complete the web on the board with the line plot at the center.
  • Explain to students the visual is a line plot and define it. Explain how it shows the frequency in which the beaker (hold it up with water as a model) is filled with a specific, fractional amount of water. Tell them the water is measured in liters.
  • Tell students that today they will practice describing information on a line plot as a stepping stone to using line plots to help them solve word problems in the future.