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McREL Standards Activity

Jumping to Conclusions

Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will be able to organize and display data in simple graphs.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
 Standard 6.Understands and applies basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 1. Collects and represents information about objects or events in simple graphs
Student Product:Simple graph
Material & Resources:Simple data set
Materials for making graphs (e.g., colored paper, crayons)
Teacher's Note:Data set may be teacher or student generated. Possible data sets include temperature or weather data for different months, students’ birthdays, the number of letters or syllables in the students’ first or last names, students’ favorite lunch menu, number of aunts and uncles students have, how many or what kind of pets students have, and students’ shoe size or bed time.
As a class, decide on what aspect of the data set to graph (e.g., the warmest temperature of each month, the seasons in which students’ birthdays occur). Organize the data so that it will be easier to display in a graph; for example, you might choose to organize birthday data into four seasons using a tally chart. Discuss possible types of graphs, such as picture graphs and bar graphs, that the students could use to display the data. Guide them in creating the graphs; instruct them in the use of labels so that other people will be able to understand their graphs. Allow time for students to view each others’ graphs and to discuss the purpose of presenting data in graphs (e.g., graphs make it easier to see patterns in the data).