Lesson 11

Questions About Data

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to ask and answer questions about a given set of categorical data represented in picture and bar graphs.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students interpreted picture graphs and bar graphs and answered questions using the data presented in graphs. In this lessons, students generate their own questions about the data represented in the graphs they created in the previous lesson. They use their classmates’ picture graphs and bar graphs to answer student-generated questions about the data. Throughout the lesson, students have opportunities to share and revise their work with different peers. These conversations help to deepen their understanding of the structure of picture and bar graphs and the features that help clearly communicate data (MP3, MP6). When students ask their own questions and answer questions about the data, they attend to the features of the graph and the meaning of these features within the context (MP2).

  • Representation
  • MLR7

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Generate and answer questions about data represented in picture graphs and bar graphs.

Student Facing

  • Let’s answer questions using picture graphs and bar graphs.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Each student needs the picture graph and bar graph they created in the previous lesson.

Activity 2:

  • Each student needs the picture graph and bar graph they created in the previous lesson.

CCSS Standards

Building On


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What aspects of today’s lesson allowed each of your students to see themselves as productive mathematical reasoners?

Suggested Centers

  • Shake and Spill (K–2), Stage 5: Cover (up to 20) (Addressing)
  • Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 1: Any Way (Supporting)

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