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8. Represent and interpret data on a line plot (C)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/MD/B/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
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Lesson objective: Understand that different ways data are organized helps us answer different types of questions.

Students bring prior knowledge of creating line plots and solving problems from 4.MD.B.4. This prior knowledge is extended to include using multiplication and division with fractions as students use data presented on line plots to solve problems. A conceptual challenge students may encounter is understanding that line plots show the distribution of data or what data "look like". 

The concept is developed through work with creating line plots and answering questions, which helps build students visualize the data.

This work helps students deepen their understanding of <number, operations, OR equivalence> because <describe the connection between Key Concept and a Curriculum Thread: number, operations, or equivalence>.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they create line plots and explain what they see and solve problems with the data from it.

Key vocabulary:

  • data
  • line plot
  • scale

Special materials needed:

  • Paper (to create line plot)