# Lesson 1

Make Sense of Data

## Warm-up: Notice and Wonder: Graphs (15 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this warm-up is to elicit students’ prior understandings about categorical data representations, which will be useful when students engage with single-unit scale picture and bar graphs in later activities. While students may notice and wonder many things about this graph, it is important to pay attention to the ways in which students make sense of a picture graph, the questions they have about the categorical data, and the contexts that make sense for the categorical data shown.

For all warm-up routines, consider establishing a small, discreet hand signal that students can display to indicate they have an answer they can support with reasoning. This signal could be a thumbs-up, a certain number of fingers that tells the number of responses they have, or another subtle signal. This is a quick way to see if students have had enough time to think about the problem. It also keeps students from being distracted or rushed by hands being raised around the class. Since this is the first warm-up of the year, we allocated 15 minutes, instead of 10, to establish the structure of a routine.

### Launch

• Groups of 2
• Display the graph.
• “What do you notice? What do you wonder?”
• 1 minute: quiet think time

### Activity

• 1 minute: partner discussion
• Share and record responses.

### Student Facing

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

• “What situations could the graph represent?” (Favorite day of the week. Favorite type of food. Types of animals that people saw in the park.)
• Math Community: Ask students to reflect on both individual and group actions while considering the question “What does it look and sound like to do math together as a math community? What am I doing? What are you doing?” (We talked to each other and to the teacher. We had quiet time to think. We shared our ideas. We thought about the math ideas and words we knew. You were writing down our answers. You were waiting until we gave the answers.)
• Record and display their responses under the “Doing Math” header.

## Activity 1: Picture Time (10 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is to elicit students’ prior understandings about essential parts of a picture graph. The graph in this activity is the same as the one in the warm-up, but includes a title. Students are encouraged to consider what categories could be in the graph. Students contextualize and make sense of the data based on the title, the given values, and their own experiences (MP2). This is an opportunity for students to connect their lived experience to the mathematics, supporting the development of their math identities.

Representation: Develop Language and Symbols. Activate or supply background knowledge to help students recall the terms “picture graph” and “key.” Ask, “Why do we call this graph a picture graph?”, “What kind of information does a key show?”
Supports accessibility for: Memory, Language

### Launch

• Groups of 2
• Display the graph.
• “What is different about this graph from the first graph that we discussed?” (It has a title. We know what the graph is about.)
• 30 seconds: quiet think time
• Share responses.
• “The title of the graph helps us make sense of the data shown in the graph.”
• As needed, remind students that data is information about the things or people in a group.
• “How do you and other students in our community get home from school?”
• Share responses.

### Activity

• “This is a picture graph that represents how students get home from school. A picture graph shows how many in each group or category using pictures of the objects or symbols. Picture graphs have keys that tell what each picture represents.”
• “What could the categories be in this picture graph? Be prepared to explain your reasoning.”
• 2–3 minutes: partner work time

### Student Facing

What could the categories be for this picture graph?

Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

• Display the graph.
• Invite students to share possible categories for the graph.
• Consider asking: “How many categories will there be for this graph? How can you tell?”

## Activity 2: Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs (20 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is to prepare students for work with scaled bar graphs in upcoming lessons. Now that students have reasoned about the parts of a picture graph, they look at how picture graphs and bar graphs are alike and how they are different. Students use the information presented on the axes of the bar graph to read the graph, interpret the categorical data presented in the graphs, and generate questions that can be answered using the graphs.

MLR8 Discussion Supports. Synthesis: For each observation that is shared, invite students to turn to a partner and restate what they heard using precise mathematical language.

### Launch

• Groups of 2
• Display the picture graph and the bar graph.
• “The second image is a bar graph. A bar graph shows how many in each group or category using the length of rectangles. How are the graphs alike? How are they different?”
• 2 minute: partner discussion
• Share and display responses.

### Activity

• “What could you learn from the graphs about how students get home? Write two questions that the graphs could answer.”
• 7–10 minutes: partner work time

### Student Facing

A group of students were asked, “How do you get home?” Their responses are shown in a picture graph and a bar graph.

1. How are the graphs the same? How are they different?

2. What can we learn about how students get home based on the graphs?

3. Write two questions you could ask about how students get home based on the graphs.

### Student Response

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If students write questions that can’t be answered with the graphs, consider asking:

• “How did you come up with your question?”
• “How could we come up with a question that could be answered with the graph?”

### Activity Synthesis

• Display the graphs.
• “What can we learn about how students get home from school based on the complete graphs?”
• “What questions could you ask about how students get home from school based on the graphs?”

## Lesson Synthesis

### Lesson Synthesis

“What did we learn about picture graphs and bar graphs today?” (Bar graphs and picture graphs show us data. In a picture graph, a picture represents an object or a person. In a bar graph, the scale tells you how many objects or people. We can ask and answer questions about the data in graphs.)

If these ideas do not arise, consider asking the following questions:

• “What parts of graphs help us communicate the data in the graph with others?”
• “How are picture graphs and bar graphs the same? How are they different?”

## Cool-down: Describe and Ask (5 minutes)

### Cool-Down

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