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Graphing With Insects
Lesson Objective
Students will be able to collect data and draw a bar graph of their findings.
Background Information for Teacher
Words in bold are said by the teacher.
Student Prior Knowledge
plastic bugs: spiders, crickets, worms, etc.
graph paper
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Start by asking the student: “Do you like insects?” “What is your favorite insect?” Write on board a list of a few insects and how
many legs the insect has.
Today, we are going to learn how to take “data” and put it into a bar graph.
Using data from the introduction, show the students how you would put that information into a bar graph. Introduce the parts of the
bar graph: title and measurements
Show students how to draw the lines on the graph paper. Input “Name of Insect and number of legs” data
Have the student create their own bar graph with the bag of plastic insects: give the students graph paper and tell them they will now
assemble their own bar graph, they will have to collect the data by using the bugs in their bags, then fill in their graph with the data
they collect. (Examples of data collected: same type of insect, number of legs, eyes, wings, size, etc.)
What did you learn today? What did you like about today’s activity? How can we make it better next time?
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheet for extra practice with answer key
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Insect Tally (offline) worksheet- Introducing tally marks in a bar graph