Lesson 7

Collect and Represent Data

Lesson Purpose

The mathematical purpose of this lesson is to elicit and build on students’ previous understandings and experiences with organizing and representing data.

Lesson Narrative

In grade 1, students collected data and represented it in different ways. In this lesson, students collect data about their class, answer questions, discuss the need to represent data in an organized way, and create their own representations of their data. Throughout the lesson monitor for the different ways students choose to organize and represent the data and ask them about the decisions they make. In upcoming lessons, students learn how to interpret and represent data using picture and bar graphs.

In this lesson, students collect data about the question “How do we get to school?” If this question is not relevant to your class, choose a different survey question or change the categories to be more relevant for your students.

  • Representation

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Analyze different representations of the same data to identify common features.
  • Represent data in a way that makes sense to them.

Student Facing

  • Let’s organize data and share with others.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • How We Get to School

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a chart titled, "How we got to school today" to display in the launch.
  • Each student needs a pair of scissors and access to tape.
  • Have extra copies of the blackline master available.

Activity 2:

  • Each group of 2 needs access to extra copies of the blackline master from the previous activity, glue, markers, scissors, tape, and stickers.

CCSS Standards

Building On

Building Towards

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

In grade 1, students organized and represented data with up to three categories. How did you see or hear students demonstrate their understanding of different ways to organize data?

Suggested Centers

  • How Close? (1–5), Stage 3: Add to 100 (Addressing)
  • Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 1: Any Way (Supporting)

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