Lesson 14
Use Diagrams to Compare
Warmup: Notice and Wonder: What Kind of Graph Is This? (10 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this warmup is to elicit the idea that tape diagrams are similar to bar graphs and can be used to represent the same data, which will be useful as students make sense of the tape diagram throughout this section. While students may notice and wonder many things about these images, recognizing that tape diagrams can show comparisons like a bar graph is the important discussion point.
When students make connections between the different ways the representations represent the same categories and quantities, they reason abstractly and quantitatively and look for and make use of structure (MP2, MP7).
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Display the image.
 “What do you notice? What do you wonder?”
 1 minute: quiet think time
Activity
 “Discuss your thinking with your partner.”
 1 minute: partner discussion
 Share and record responses.
Student Facing
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “The 2 images at the bottom are called diagrams.”
 “What do you think the 15 and 8 represent in the diagrams at the bottom?” (Its how many students that picked apple juice and how many students picked grape juice.)
 “What does the question mark in the diagram represent?” (The difference between the number of students that picked apple juice and grape juice, how many more students picked apple juice than grape juice, how many fewer students picked grape juice than apple juice.)
Activity 1: Party Time (Part 1) (20 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to use their understanding of bar graphs to make sense of tape diagrams. Students physically create a tape diagram from a bar graph and compare two of the categories. Students recognize that even without a given scale, they can use this visual structure to compare amounts and reason about the difference between the two (MP2).
Students revisit the meaning of a diagram—a drawing or picture that represents quantities.
Advances: Conversing, Reading
Supports accessibility for: Fine Motor Skills, Organization, VisualSpatial Processing
Required Materials
Launch
 Groups of 3–4
 Display the Party Time bar graph from the blackline master.
 “What can we learn from this graph?”
 Share responses.
 “A soccer team is having a party. The coach asked the players if they would like hot dogs, burgers, or pizza. Their responses are shown in this bar graph.“
 Give each student a copy of the blackline master, scissors, and tape or glue.
Activity
 “Cut out each of the bars in the graph and put the strips next to each other. What comparison statements can you make about the bars?”
 5 minutes: smallgroup work time
 “What comparison statements did you make about the data? Did anyone get confused about what each bar represented? Did anyone get confused about how many are in each bar?”
 3–4 minutes: class discussion
 “We can use the bars to make a diagram, like the one we saw in the warmup. A diagram can be used to help us represent and compare quantities. Just like graphs, diagrams need labels so we can understand what they represent. Use your bars to create a diagram to compare the number of students who wanted hot dogs to those who wanted burgers. When you’re done, write two different statements that compare hot dogs to burgers.”
 5 minutes: independent work time
 Monitor for students who label the categories and quantities.
Student Facing
 Glue down the two bars that compare the number of students who picked hot dogs to the number who picked burgers.

Write two statements that compare the number of students who picked hot dogs to the number who picked burgers.
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
If students label the diagram incorrectly, consider asking:
 "How does this diagram show the greater value?"
 "Where do you see the difference between the values in the diagram?"
Activity Synthesis
 Display a student’s completed tape diagram.
 “How does your diagram make it easy to see which food received the most votes?” (We wrote labels to show which bar matches which food.)
 “What do you need to add to the bars to answer questions like ‘How many more students chose hot dogs than burgers?’” (Label what number the bar represents.)
 1 minute: quiet think time
 1 minute: partner discussion
 Share responses.
 As needed, draw a diagram that resembles the tape diagram in the warmup.
 “Diagrams can help represent Compare problems. You can use rectangles like the bars in a bar graph to represent the bigger amount, the smaller amount, and the difference.”
Activity 2: Party Time (Part 2) (15 minutes)
Narrative
Launch
 Groups of 2
Activity
 “Now you are going to use the data from the Party Time graph to complete some more diagrams.”
 3 minutes: quiet work time
 6 minutes: partner discussion
Student Facing

Use the data from the bar graph to complete the diagram.
 How many more students chose pizza than chose burgers? Write an equation to show how you found the difference.

Use the data from the bar graph to complete the diagram.
 Write a statement that compares the student votes in the diagram.
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
If the student assigns the larger value to the smaller part or places the question mark in a place other than the difference, consider asking:
 "Can you explain your representation to me?"
 "How can you use the bar graph to help you label the diagram?
Activity Synthesis
 “How did you figure out what food was being compared to pizza?” (We looked for the food that was picked by 14 students.)
 “What does the question mark represent in the diagram?” (It shows the difference between hot dogs and pizza. It shows how many more students would need to pick hot dogs to be the same as the number of students who picked pizza.)
 Point out the dashes representing the difference, but not an actual quantity.
 “What equation could we write to represent this difference?” (\(19{?} =14\), \(14 + {?} = 19\))
 Record responses.
 “How do you see each number represented in the diagram?” (19 shows how many picked pizza, 14 shows how many picked hot dogs. The question mark shows the difference.)
Lesson Synthesis
Lesson Synthesis
“Today, we learned about diagrams that can represent problems in which we compare two amounts.”
Display tape diagram from warmup:
“Tell your partner a story that is represented by this diagram.” (Sample response: Eight students voted for grape juice. 15 students voted for apple juice. How many more students voted for apple juice?)
Cooldown: Dogs at the Pet Shop (5 minutes)
CoolDown
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