Lesson Plan

Organize Your Data

Collect and graph! In this lesson, your students will practice collecting, organizing, and interpreting data by using real life examples.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the What Does the Graph Show? pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the What Does the Graph Show? pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to collect, record, and interpret data. Students will learn to construct bar and picture graphs for data they collect.

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


(3 minutes)
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  • Explain to your students that they are going to learn about representing data, or information.
  • Ask your students to give an example of a time when they had to collect and use data.
  • Take data from your students by asking them to say what they brought for lunch or are planning to have for lunch. Write this on the board in categories. For example, the categories could be salad, sandwich, pizza, and other.


  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or new language when sharing.
  • Have learners draw visuals to accompany their explanations of their lunch plans.


  • Provide a sentence stem/frame for students to use when explaining, such as "I had to collect and use data when ________." and "I am planning to have ____ for lunch."