Introduction to Plots and Graphs
By actively exploring and analyzing data using Venn diagrams, bar graphs, stack plots, pie charts and axis plots to interpret information and draw conclusions, students develop data literacy. Data literacy allows the learner to ask and answer meaningful questions by collecting, analyzing and making sense of the data encountered in real life.
Plots and Graphs Definition
Plots and graphs are a type of visual learning diagram that visually represents a relationship between sets of numbers as a set of points having coordinates determined by that relationship.
Benefits of Plots and Graphs
Venn diagrams, bar graphs, pie graphs and axis plots offer students multiple ways to visualize and investigate data. As students organize and analyze data, they ask meaningful questions and dig deeper to solve problems. Moving beyond simply memorizing facts, students acquire the skills of reasoning, inquiry and communication. Building data literacy makes for a richer, more meaningful experience.
How to Use Different Types of Plots and Graphs in the Classroom
Students can analyze data using integrated plots and determine the most appropriate way to visualize information. As students visualize data as it moves through the types of plots, they formulate and discover meaning from the visual representation.
Venn Diagram Example
Bar Chart Example
Stack Plot Example
Pie Plot Example
Axis Plots – An axis plot (also known as a scatter plot) is an ideal way to investigate correlations. By choosing different variables for the X and Y axes, students can use the resulting plots to examine relationships between the variable.
Axis Plot Example
Plots and Graphs in Education
Using data to connect school subjects with real-world events makes learning a richer and more meaningful experience as students move beyond simply learning facts and begin to acquire the skills of reasoning, inquiry and communication. As a result, students develop deeper content knowledge and strengthen critical thinking.
Students who are data literate are better able to:
Using Inspiration Software®’s powerful data analysis tool InspireData® students are guided as they visually explore data in science, mathematics and social studies. These strategies improve data literacy and strengthen important analytical skills. Learn more
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