Looking at Numbers of Births Using a Line Graph

Was there a baby boom? Using census data, class members take a look at the number of 8-11 year olds and determine their birth years. Scholars create a double line graph to compare the number of births for two states for several years. Graphing the data requires mathematicians to determine a scale and title for their graphs.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Lead a discussion on scales of graphs
Classroom Considerations
  • Standards address line plots in both grades but with fractional scales
  • The class should be comfortable working with large numbers
Pros
  • Includes sample responses
  • Provides direction for the teacher before, during, and after the activity
Cons
  • None
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