What is it Telling Me? Creating and Interpreting Line Plots
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Let's Interpret the Line Plot pre-lesson.
Students will create and practice interpreting line plots.
- Ask your students, "Who has heard of people who do research?" Ask them to share some examples of the kinds of research that they have heard of.
- Ask them, "If you could be a researcher, what would you like to research?"
- Explain that some people study animals, some study climate change, some study traffic patterns, some study health problems, and all kinds of different topics.
- Tell them the first and most important thing you need to have be a researcher is a good question.
- Tell them that they will be conducting some research today and graphing their data on a line plot. They will then interpret their line plot to see what the data is “telling them.”
- Allow students access to reference materials in their home language (L1) or English to support them in the discussion.
- Define the following words for students: line plot, data, research, graphing. Have them draw a visual next to the word to demonstrate their understanding.
- Provide sentence stems and frames to support students as they share. For example, "People do research about ________." and "I would like to research ________ because ________."