Lesson Plan

Line Plots: Representing the Length of Classroom Items

In this lesson, your students will measure the lengths of items and then make a line plot to show the measurement data. They will get hands-on by measuring and surveying the class.
Download lesson plan
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Understanding Line Plots pre-lesson.
View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Understanding Line Plots pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use a line plot to represent data.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(10 minutes)
Line Plot Practice
  • Review measuring items by asking students to explain how to measure using a ruler.
  • Pass out rulers, and have students measure the length of their pencils.
  • Record their results as numbers on the board.
  • Tell students that today they're going to learn about using line plots to display the data they collect from measuring different items.
  • Read aloud Kenley's Line Plot Graph: Another Math Adventure by Kathleen Stone.


  • Define what is means to measure something prior to the lesson, in English and student's home language. Have the student draw a picture to represent what it means to measure in their math journal.
  • Have students sit near the front of the classroom during the read aloud.
  • Use active questioning during the read aloud and provide sentence frames to support students in orally sharing their answers.


  • Encourage students to explain their results to the class orally using a sentence stem or frame for support.
  • Pause frequently during the read-aloud and ask students to summarize what happened during important events or to explain difficult concepts.

Related Guided Lesson

Measurement and Data 3

4 online games
1 interactive story
5 printable worksheets
View Guided Lesson
second grade
Subject Math