Lesson Plan : Gathering and Using Data

Teacher Name:
 J. Cafasso
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 Math

Topic:
 Graphing
Content:
 graph, chart, data, tally chart, frequency table, tally marks
Goals:
 The students will be able to gather data using a survey, organize and compile that data into both a tally chart and a frequency table, and use that information to make a bar graph and/or a circle graph.
Objectives:
 Students will: 1. Organize information into a graph forms. 2. Understand the type of graph that helps them best explain data that they are presenting.
Materials:
 paper and pencil, other students to survey, computer access
Introduction:
 Ask students what their favorite store is: Gamestop, Best Buy, or Target. Tally responses. Discuss the tally marks and what they mean/represent.
Development:
 Take the information from the tallys and make a t-chart for the students. Show the tallies. Next to that chart, construct a Frequency Table, changing the tallies into numbers. Take the Frequency table and create a bar graph, explaining the X and Y axis, titles, numbering, etc.
Practice:
 Give the students a slip of paper with a topic and three choices on it to survey their peers with. Ex: Favorite Football Team, Steelers, Patriots, or Cowboys. Survey the class and gather the information onto their own tallyl chart.
Checking For Understanding:
 Bar graph will have a title, an X and Y axis and information will be correctly marked on the bars (will correspond to the numbers on the frequency table.)
Closure:
 Share the information gained from the student's surveys on their bar graphs with the rest of the class - OR - work in pairs and one student shows and explains their graph to the other, then vice versa.
Evaluation:
 Student will be able to repeat the process with a different survey question from start to finish, with little to no intervention from the teacher.

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