Young students need to organize and sort information in order to help their brains form connections. In this lesson, students will practice sorting in a way that will keep planet Earth clean for years to come!
Learning how to represent numerical information is a key part of the third grade math curriculum. This lesson in data provides guided instruction designed by our team of curriculum experts and teachers to present this concept in an engaging way. Not only that, but helpful exercises help kids to see the practical applicaton of these skills in the real world.
Mixing Colors is a lesson plan that gives students a chance to explore the exciting process of combining primary colors to make secondary colors! This lesson is hands-on and filled with learning opportunities for students.
Let’s eat! In this food-themed lesson, students will explore categorizing foods such as fruits and vegetables. This lesson can easily be integrated into a unit on food and can be extended to include other types of food.
While not everyone will become a data scientist, teaching students data skills will serve them well as an adult. But just because you know it’s important to understand data sets, doesn’t mean you feel completely comfortable teaching data skills, or the math needed to work with data. Take advantage of our printable worksheets and exercise ideas to help you lead classroom activities that facilitate a greater understanding of data.
One of the most common ways to communicate data is with a graph. But there are so many different kinds of graphs! Each type of graph has different visual strengths. Consider these different ways to represent data:
Line graphs – Lines work well to show how something changes over time. They show how a trend rises, falls, or becomes unstable.
Bar graphs – Bars are good when your data is divided into different categories. For example, you can show how many trees of various species grow in your neighborhood.
Pie graphs – A pie graph is excellent at showing proportions. For example, if you want to see what activities you do most during the day, a pie graph will quickly communicate the relative size of your time spent sleeping, eating, playing, and working.
Scatter points – Scatter points are dots on an x-y graph for when you have numerous measurements. They show a large quantity of data and the variety of that data. Using a line, you can also chart the average or show the trend. For example, you could measure the temperature every day for a year. Scatter points will show that some days were very, very hot, and others were unusually cold. But the average line will show overall warmer days in the summer and cooler days in the winter.
Once you’re done practicing skills related to data, keep the concepts coming with our math resources related to time.