Tables and Graphs
Construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology, including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information.
The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
Using Graphs and Visual Data: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed information about the use and importance of visual representations (i.e., graphs and figures) for data analysis and interpretation. Includes references for further reading and additional learning modules.
Track the Weather with Weather Charts: Education.com (website) - Students conduct a three-part study to track the microclimate in their backyards, collecting data and creating representative charts and graphs on temperature, rainfall, and observed weather. By organizing, examining and evaluating the data, students will learn about local temperature trends and rainfall frequency.
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- Additional Resources
Creating a Bar Graph: My NASA Data/NASA (website) - Simple lesson that uses authentic NASA data to teach students basic bar graph construction.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
How to Make a Graph and Chart Made Easy: Easy-Science-Fair-Projects.net (website) - Step-by-step explanation of how to organize information using graphs and charts.
Impact Craters: NASA (PDF) - Impact craters are formed when impactors, such as meteorites, smash into the moon’s surface. In this activity, students use “impactors” of different masses (marbles, ball bearings, etc.) to study the relationship of an impactor’s mass to crater size. Students construct graphs, tables and charts to represent and evaluate the data collected.
Science Skill - Using Charts and Graphs: Teacher Vision (PDF) - Students collect data on how much time they spend indoors and outdoors, and use charts and graphs to interpret and represent their findings.
Great Tables, Graphs, Charts, Diagrams & Timelines You Can Make. Zike, Dinah (ISBN-13: 978-1882796144)
Beginning Charts, Graphs & Diagrams. Carratello, Patty (ISBN-13: 978-1557341686)
Create a Graph: Kids’Zone (website) - Students learn how to communicate information visually by creating graphs and charts.
Representing Data, Introduction: KS3 Bitesize/BBC (website) - Links to information on creating and understanding different types of graphs or charts used to organize and represent scientific data: bar charts, line graphs, pictograms, pie charts, frequency diagrams and scatter diagrams.