Birthday Line Graph

Lesson #9985

Create unique Graphs based on real-world data.

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

Create a unique birthday graph to represent student birthdays per month for the calendar year. Students can interview each other to gather data. Collect the information as a class, compile in a table and share the results. Analyze the graph as a group. Challenge students to create their own graphs based on real-world data.

Create line Graphs for basic plotting to algebraic systems of equations.

15934-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Circle 1", 9-Up - Large 30320-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Common Core Mega (65 Die Set) 30276-XL-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Graphing (2 Die Set) - XL 30321-Prestige Pro Super Saver w/SureCut Common Core Mega Set

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Glue, Black Marking Pen, Chart Paper, 1" Cartesian Graph or Grid Paper, Poster Board

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut twelve 1" Circles and the Graph using construction paper.
  2. Print numbers, months of the year, axis labels and title for the Graph. Be sure that the numbers and words are no more than 1" tall.
  3. Use a paper cutter or hand-cut the numbers, months, labels and title.
  4. Adhere the Graph to the center of a poster board or chart.
  5. Mat the title and adhere to the top of the chart.
  6. Adhere numbers along the vertical axis and months along the horizontal axis.
  7. Adhere the axis labels.
  8. Use the Circles to plot the data and adhere.
  9. Connect the Circles with black marking pen (see Main Photo).

Note: Die-cut any 1" shape to plot points on the Graph. Use larger shapes with larger grid paper.

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.

Source: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

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