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Reading and Creating Bar Graphs

Posted on : 10-07-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Tables and Graphs



The websites:

Classroom Applications:

Bar Graph Screen ShotWhole Class Activity:  Use the first website to practice reading bar graphs.  Discuss the parts of a graph:  title, labels, and scale with the class.  Then, use the second website to create a class bar graph.  Survey the class about their favorite __________ (fill in the blank) and tally your results together.  Then, use the online site to create a bar graph with the data.  As a class, determine the labels, scale and title.

Individual/Partner Activity:  Have the students create their own surveys, tally their results, and use the second website to create their own bar graphs from the data they collect.  Have the students write a few questions and answers for their graphs keeping the answers separate from the questions.  After the students have completed the assignment, have them exchange graphs with a partner, answer each other’s questions, and check each other’s answers.  Note:  This activity flows smoothly if the teacher has checked each student’s questions and answers prior to the exchange.

Individual Activity:  As an alternative to the students creating their own graphs from a survey, have them practice creating bar graphs from data that is already given on the third website.