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Let’s Talk About Data!

Extend your students' understanding of data by asking them to consider real-world problems about data collection and graphs.
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  • Children will solve word problems by collecting, graphing, and interpreting data.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a quick bar graph to show the following data about favorite sports:

    • Baseball: 5
    • Basketball: 8
    • Soccer: 3
    • Tennis: 4
  • Ask students to share what they notice about the bar graph.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain to your students that graphs help us to understand and learn from data. We can use graphs to answer questions. We can also answer and write word problems about the data represented in them.
  • Looking at the sports graph, model how to create a word problem about the data in the graph.
  • For example, “The kids who like tennis best played with the kids who like soccer best. How many kids played in all?”
  • Ask for a few students to share their ideas for word problems about the graph.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out the What Do We Know About Pets? worksheet.
  • Have your students answer the word problems on the worksheet.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to create their own fictional surveys and represent the data that could have been collected on a bar graph.
  • Have students write three word problems to go along with their bar graphs.

Enrichment: Have students come up with more than three word problems about their data.

Support: Have students come up with 1-2 word problems about their data.

(10 minutes)

Assess students’ understanding by having them share their word problems with a partner and solve each other’s word problems.

(5 minutes)

Have students share out their graphs and problems to the class.

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