Lesson Plan

Let's Collect Data!

This hands-on EL Math Lesson will help students develop compare and contrast skills while they think about effective ways to collect data. Use alongside Bar Graphs: Interpreting Data or as a stand-alone lesson.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Bar Graphs: Interpreting Data lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Bar Graphs: Interpreting Data lesson plan.



Students will be able to make a bar graph to represent data.


Students will be able to compare and contrast strategies to collect data using sentence frames.


(4 minutes)
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  • Gather students together in a comfortable area. Project the bar graph so it is visible to students. Ask the students, "Have you ever seen something like this before? If you have, where did you see it? If you haven't, think about what it might be or what it might show us! Turn and talk to your partner, sharing your answer."
  • Provide students with the following sentence frame/stem to support sharing out:
    • This is a ________ and I have seen this before at/in ________ (e.g. school, home, the library, grandma's house, a book, a map, etc).
    • I have not seen this before, but I think it shows ________.
  • Call on student volunteers to share their answers aloud. Record their answers on the board.
  • Explain to the students that they are looking at a bar graph. Tell the students that bar graphs are important because people use them to show facts in a visual way so they can learn more about something.
  • Read through the bar graph you chose in student-friendly language, summarizing what we can learn from this particular bar graph.
  • Tell the students that today they will be exploring how to create bar graphs after collecting data, or information, about a question we want to answer.