Lesson 15
Problem Solving with Line Plots
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
In this lesson, students use line plots to solve multistep problems about the data presented in line plots. They add and subtract fractions and work together to solve problems about data using the Info Gap routine. The data for line plots can all be expressed using eighths, making the arithmetic accessible with the challenge being on partner communication to share the information needed to solve the problems. The second optional activity also uses data from a line plot and here students relate repeated addition of fractions to multiplication and estimate the sum of all of the data presented in the line plot.
 Representation
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Create line plots to display fractional measurement data, and use the information to solve problems.
Student Facing
 Let’s solve problems using a line plot.
Required Materials
Materials to Copy
 Info Gap: Picking Fruit
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  25 min 
Activity 2  10 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
Suggested Centers
 Creating Line Plots (2–5), Stage 4: Eighth Inches, Add, Subtract and Multiply (Addressing)
 Rectangle Rumble (3–5), Stage 4: Whole Number and Fraction Factors (Supporting)
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