# Let’s Make a Graph Activity

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I created this let’s make a graph activity to give my Algebra 1 students practice making various types of data displays. We needed to practice making bar graphs, box-and-whisker-plots, circle graphs, and stem-and-leaf graphs.

We completed this activity after going over our Types of Data Displays Foldable.

I made these half-sheet forms for students to complete and then put in a pocket in their notebooks.

Students had to come up with four different questions for the class to ask that we could turn into the four different types of graphs/data displays.

This activity ended up taking a class period and a half (50 minute periods) to complete.

My students struggled with coming up with appropriate questions that would yield good data.  So, I had to keep telling them to come up with new ideas.

For the stem-and-leaf graph, all three of my Algebra 1 classes independently decided to do “What is your favorite number?”  I found this to be very interesting!

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1. Alicia says:

Great way to take notes on these!

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Thanks Alicia!

2. zendergirl says:

I wish Stats was placed at the end of the year for us. They have it as our 5th unit and make us take benchmark assessments so I can't change the order too much. They had it between linear functions and systems. I vetoed that this year because the students just get comfortable with linear functions and then take a month off to do stats before returning to systems. So I moved it to after systems. Still a terrible but better than before.

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Benchmark Assessments seem like a pain to work around.

3. Becky says:

Great items to add to that math journal. Thank you for those ideas to get me started

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Thanks Becky!