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Lesson plan

Generate and compare measurement data involving longer lengths by representing on a line plot

teaches Common Core State Standards MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards 2.MD.D.9 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/MD/D/9

Generate and compare measurement data involving longer lengths by representing on a line plot

Big Ideas: Measurement processes are used in everyday life to describe and quantify the world. The ‘shape’ of the line plot graph shows features of the data such as a group (population). Measurements can be quantified using standard measures or common objects. This lesson builds on the students' work with measuring length and representing data. The task uses the scenario of a "height competition." Students consider the measurement uses of both standard and non-standard tools. Then collect a sample of student heights (in inches) and create a line plot to represent their collection results. They draw conclusions from the shape of the data displayed and begin to ask follow up questions. Finally, students are asked to create a living line plot to represent the class collection as a whole. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students' future work with generating data and representing on line plots with a scale is marked off with whole numbers, halves, or quarters. Vocabulary: fair, data, measure, record, length, unit, line plot, scale, axis, reasonable, estimation, label, conclusion, explanation Special Materials: rulers, yardstick or measuring tape (tools with inches) Height Competition record sheet adding machine tape (labeled 38 through 60) Formative Assessment student copy Optional: various standard and nonstandard measurement tools chart paper