Favorite Sports Graph
Design fun graphs about favorite student sports.
Create a sports graph to learn about student interests in a sample population. Any subject area can be explored to generate student interest in graphing and data analysis. Challenge advanced learners to develop unique statistical questions to investigate. Encourage students to gather data, create data charts and illustrate results through graphical representations. Student can share results with the class.
Ask statistical questions to gain information about populations and express data as charts, diagrams or graphs.
Supplies Used: Cardstock or Construction Paper, Chart Paper, Colored Pencils or Pens, Glue, Marking Pen, Ruler, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut Sports Balls from various colors of cardstock or construction paper.
- Leave one shape whole and cut highlights from other shapes to layer and embellish. Alternatively, die-cut from white construction paper and decorate with crayons or colored pencils.
- Draw a bar graph on a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock, construction paper or butcher paper.
- Leave room for Sports Balls along horizontal axis and label each sport.
- Label the vertical axis with numbers 1 through 9.
- Create a title: "Favorite Sports."
- Adhere to blue paper. Mat the paper with a darker blue for a finishing touch.
- Adhere Circles to create the bar graph (see Main Photo).
Mathematics, Grade 2: Measurement & Data
2.MD 10. Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Mathematics, Grade 6: Statistics & Probability
6.SP.1. Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, How old am I? is not a statistical question, but How old are the students in my school? is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students' ages.
Mathematics, Grade 7: Statistics & Probability
7.SP.1. Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.
Math: Data Analysis and Probability
Pre-K-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize and display relevant data to answer them.
- In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should represent data using concrete objects, pictures and graphs.
- In grades 3-5, all students should represent data using tables and graphs such as line plots, bar graphs and line graphs.
- In grades 6-8, all students should select, create and use appropriate graphical representations of data, including histograms, box plots and scatter plots.
Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.
Physical Education: Develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
K-12: Standard 3
- A physically educated person participates regularly in physical activity.
Reprinted from Moving into the Future, National Standards for Physical Education, 2nd Edition, with permission from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599.