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About This Unit

SUBJECT
Math, Charts and Graphs, Data Analysis, Real-World Math, Environmental Conservation and Preservation, Real-World Science, Statistics, Recycling

GRADE
4-6

DURATION
3 Class Periods

COLLECTION
Celebrate Earth Day

Learn Graphing Skills with Bars, Lines, and Pies Build graphing skills with lessons and activities involving real-world data

Bars, Lines, & Pies!

Welcome to Bars, Lines, & Pies, a dynamic math program designed to build graphing skills in students, while showing them the relevance of math in their lives. Developed by The Actuarial Foundation along with Scholastic, the graphing lessons and activities inside involve engaging, real-world examples about the environment and recycling. We hope you enjoy this great new program!

 

OBJECTIVE
In the lessons and activities for this unit, students will create, apply, and analyze pie charts, bar graphs, and line graphs.

LESSONS FOR THIS UNIT
Lesson 1: Peering into Pie Charts
Lesson 2: Bar Graphs: A Statistical Skyline
Lesson 3: Looking Through Line Graphs

REPRODUCIBLES
Reproducibles Answer Key (PDF)
Alignment with NCTM Standards (PDF)
Family Activities Welcome (PDF)
Family Activity 1: Subtracting Waste = Adding Trees: Read All About It! (PDF)
Family Activity 2: Water: How Much Do You Consume? (PDF)
Family Activity 3: Energy Equations for the Future (PDF)
Classroom poster (PDF)
Reproducible Activity 1: Peering into Pie Charts (PDF)
Bonus Activity 1: Recycling by the Numbers: It’s Easy as Pie (PDF)
Reproducible Activity 2: Bar Graphs (PDF)
Bonus Activity 2: Water Conservation: What Are the Winning Numbers? (PDF)
Reproducible Activity 3: Looking Through Line Graphs (PDF)
Bonus Activity 3: Tap the Math Facts Behind Bottled Water (PDF)

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