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This graphing lesson uses actual graphs found in newspapers and magazines






Title – Everyday Graphs
By – Kathi H. Black
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 9th/Special Education Resource
Concept/Topic to Teach: Math/Graphs and Charts


      (A)9 — 1B.3 Graphs and charts (South Carolina)


    E1-R1.1 Gain information/derive pleasure (SC)

General Goal(s): To teach different types of math graphs and their uses.

Specific Objectives: Given the proper materials and instruction, students will demonstrate their ability to read and interpret data from given vertical and horizontal bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, and pie graphs with 80% accuracy.

Required Materials: paper, pencils, overhead projector and screen, overhead markers, Everyday Graphs! teacher-made assessments

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): The teacher and students will review prior knowledge of different types of graphs and their uses. The teacher will explain how each type of graph is used, where graphs are used and found, and preview how this information will help them read and interpret various kinds of graphs in the future.

Procedure: The teacher and students will discuss what students know about different types of math graphs and how each type is used to interpret data. Using the overhead projector, the teacher will draw and explain how to read bar graphs, pictographs, line graphs, and pie graphs. The teacher will get feedback from students to check for comprehension. (This is a unit and since this lesson is for 9th grade special education resource, I introduce one type of graph each day and check for comprehension before going on to another type of graph). The students will demonstrate their understanding of each type of math graph through an in-class assignment using the appropriate graph being taught that day.

Independent Practice: Students will complete an in-class activity using Everyday Graphs! teacher-made assessments.**

Closure: The teacher and students will review how to identify different types of math graphs and how/where graphs are used in the world today.

Assessment: Through monitoring the students’ responses, both oral and written, I was able to determine students’ degree of understanding of different type of math graphs and how/where graphs are used in the world today. I used extra strategies such as extra work and individualized help to insure students’ adequate perception of the lesson. I felt that the Everyday Graphs! I created were very beneficial for students to see how graphs are used in magazines and newspapers. I felt that this lesson accomplished the objectives I had in place.

Adaptations (For Students with Learning Disabilities): This lesson plan was used in a 9th grade resource classroom.

Extensions (For Gifted Students): Have them find graphs from newspapers and/or magazines and create their own set of questions based on information in the graph.

** For my Everyday Graphs! unit, I made 10 folders with different types of real-life graphs cut from magazines and newspapers. I pasted the graphs into file folders and laminated the folders for durability. I then created 10 questions for each graph based on information from each graph that targeted reading and math skills. Each graph folder is numbered and by the end of the unit, each student will have answered the questions from each graph folder.

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