Lesson 14
What is a Line Plot?
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
In a previous unit, students created and interpreted two representations of categorical data, bar graphs and picture graphs. In a previous lesson, students measured length using metric and customary units.
In this lesson, a line plot is defined as a way to show how many of each measurement using an x for each measurement. Students collect numerical data by measuring their hand spans and create a class line plot to display their measurements. Through the lesson activities, students learn that each x on the line plot represents one measurement. They learn that the scale of the line plot shows the length units used to measure and resembles the way length units are labeled on a ruler. Students notice that the length units on the scale of the line plot are not exactly the same length as the length units used to measure (inches), but that labels can help others know what length unit was used (MP2, MP6). Students will gain experience working with line plots throughout the rest of the section. Save the class line plot you create for reference in future lessons.
 Engagement
 MLR8
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Interpret a line plot.
 Understand that a line plot is used to represent and interpret numerical data.
Student Facing
 Let’s learn a new way to represent data.
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Create a blank line plot with a scale from 0 to 10 for students to place their measurements on.
 Ensure the tick marks are equally spaced with enough room for students to place their sticky notes.
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  20 min 
Activity 2  15 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
Suggested Centers
 Number Puzzles: Addition and Subtraction (1–4), Stage 4: Within 100 with Composing (Addressing)
 Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 1: Inches and Centimeters (Addressing)
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