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15. Party! Plan an event using graphing skills (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.D.10 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/MD/D/10
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/OA/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
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Lesson objective: Apply graph creation and data interpretation skills to planning an event.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of bar graphs and picture graphs to a real-life situation. Students are asked to draw two graphs based on surveys of favorite party activites, decide on the best activities for the party, and justify their choices with reasons from the data.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • We can display data by making a picture graph and bar graph.

Skills students will use:

  • We can organize, represent, and interpret data to answer questions about situations. (Grade 2, Unit 3)
  • We can organize, represent, and interpret data (up to three categories) and make comparative statements about the values in the categories using our knowledge of numbers. (Grade 1, Unit 9)
  • We can find unknown values in addition and subtraction situations using the relationship between addition and subtraction. We can compare known quantities by finding the unknown value. (Grade 3, Unit 1)

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 3 (Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others) as they plan events for the party based on the data by drawing graphs and interpreting the data to justify/give reasons for their planned events.

Key vocabulary: 

  • bar graph
  • data set
  • data table
  • plan
  • picture graph
  • reason

Special materials needed:

  • print and copy task handout
  • coloring tools