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Students in 7th grade concluded their graphing unit by investigating an environmental issue of their choice. First, students developed an essential question that could be answered with the aid of a graph. These questions related to endangered species, recycling, glacier melt, air and water pollution, renewable energy, and a lot more.
Then students used their information literacy skills to find reliable websites with the data they needed for their graphs. They compared the information they found on multiple sites in order to determine the best way to present the information. When they had enough data, students created a graph and wrote a conclusion to help their audience understand the answer to their question. Students were engaged in this project because they had freedom to design their question and investigate a topic they wanted to know more about. See the relationship of trash and recycling or sea level and temperature in these reports. Learn about the black rhino population or how human activity affects animal endangerment.
Large amounts of data and numbers can be difficult to understand and put into context so 7th grade math students have been learning how to create graphs based on a variety of data. First they learned about which graphs to use for different types of data. Next, they practiced creating graphs by hand and using Google Sheets. Each student submitted answers using a Google Form to develop a pool of data about 7th graders at ASFG. Students made a copy of the responses spreadsheet in order to work with the data. This experience provided a great opportunity to learn how Sheets can create graphs quickly and easily...if the data is consistent. The open ended questions (height, favorite sport, favorite team, etc.) provided messy data that required organization and editing before graphing.
In order to reinforce understanding, students also created graphs based on their walking rates, coin flips, and dice rolls. The culminating project in the graphing unit will be for students to research environmental data and develop graphs and conclusions based on what they learned. They are currently practicing the research process and we are looking forward to reporting on their findings in the next Technology Reports.