Lesson 5

Represent Measurement Data on Line Plots

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to generate measurement data and represent them on a line plot.

Lesson Narrative

In a previous lesson, students analyzed line plots that included measurements in halves and fourths of an inch. In this lesson, students collect measurement data, represent them on a line plot, and analyze line plots that represent different data sets (MP2).

This lesson may take more than one day if students need more time to collect data around the school and to create their line plots. If time permits and preferable, consider carrying out the activities across two days.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Create a line plot where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters—to represent measurement data.
  • Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using a ruler marked with halves and fourths of an inch.

Student Facing

  • Let’s collect measurement data and show them on a line plot.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Let's Make a Line Plot

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Each group of 4 needs a ruler marked with half inches and quarter inches from a previous lesson.

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

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

Teacher Reflection Questions

If you were to teach this lesson over again, what activity would you redo? How would your proposed changes support student learning?

Suggested Centers

  • Estimate and Measure (1–4), Stage 3: Quarter Inches (Addressing)
  • Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 2: Quarter Inches (Addressing)
  • Creating Line Plots (2–5), Stage 1: Inches and Centimeters (Supporting)

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