Teacher guide Using Coordinates to Interpret and Represent Data T-1
Using Coordinates to Interpret and Represent Data
This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to work in the coordinate planeto solve a problem in a real-world context. In particular this unit aims to identify and help students whohave difficulty measuring and interpreting horizontal or vertical intervals on graphs. This is needed later,when interpreting slope.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
This lesson relates to the following
Standards for Mathematical Content
Common Core StateStandards
:6-G: Use coordinates to find the length of a side (here an interval) joining points with the samefirst coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.This lesson also relates to the following
Common Core State Standards
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.7. Look for and make use of structure.
This lesson unit is structured in the following way:
Before the lesson, students work individually on an assessment task designed to reveal theircurrent understanding and difficulties. You review their responses and create questions for themto consider when improving their work.
After a brief introduction students work collaboratively in small groups interpreting a graph. Theythen exchange their interpretation with a group that worked on a different graph. Each groupsketches the other group’s interpretation as a graph.
Students then share their work.
In whole-class discussion, students review what they have learned.
In a follow-up lesson students use their learning and your questions to review their work.
Each student will need a copy of the assessment task:
A Growth Graph
Each small group of students will need a pair of scissors, at least one sheet of graph paper, thesheets
Vending Machine Graph For _ _ _ _ _ (day)
Blank Vending Machine Cards
, and either
Vending Machine Graph: Monday
Vending Machine Cards: Monday
Vending MachineGraph: Tuesday
Vending Machine Cards: Tuesday.
A few cut up sheets
Completed Cards: Monday
Completed Cards: Tuesday.
There is a projector resource to support whole-class discussions.
20 minutes before the lesson, a 60-minute lesson and 20 minutes in a follow-up lesson (or forhomework). Timings are approximate and will depend on the needs of the class.