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Misleading Graphs

Topic: How to Understand Misleading Graphs.
Time Duration: 1 hour class discussion and participation time
Grades: K-5th

The instructor began class by looking at all types of graphs. The class looked at picture, line, bar and circle graphs. The class broke down each category of the graph to help understand what the graph was modeling. The instructor explained how different graphs can seem misleading. The students were able to grasp the concept of misleading graphs and create their own. The student drew their graphs that they created on the board to share with the class. The students asked a lot of questions about the different graphs. The students seemed to really understand how to determine a good graph from a misleading graph. To test their knowledge the instructor passed out sample graphs. The students had to determine if the graphs were good and explain why they thought the graphs were good.


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