Line plots, like the one shown below, are particularly useful for showing measurement data. For example, if a class of students all measured the length of their pencils, a line plot would highlight the range and frequency of the measurements. Your children may have already encountered this type of graph in 2nd grade when recording measurements made in whole inches. In 3rd they will progress to use halves and fourths of an inch to make and record more precise measurements.
This worksheet activity will help your children understand how inches can be sub-divided into more precise intervals.
Have your children try this measurement worksheet where they will measure various objects to the nearest inch, nearest half inch, and nearest fourth of an inch.
Your children may not yet have been formally introduced to equivalent fractions (e.g. 2/4 = 1/2) and mixed numbers as these concepts are typically covered in greater depth in later grades. Help your children as required but try not to over complicate this exercise.
Discuss different measurements with your children that would best done with different units of measurement. Have a ruler and/ or a measuring tape to hand. The illustration below has some examples although ideas that you and your children come up with are best.
Use this worksheet to help with the creating of a line plot. It requires chart data to be counted and then graphed on a line plot.
Good questions to ask and things to point out as your children work through the line plot worksheets include:
Language is of special importance when interpreting and analysing so, as always, check that your children understand what words and terms mean as they may not have used them before e.g. "frequent" and "common".
Your children will be required to decide what values and interval (might be halve, might be fourth?) to use on this next Activity Worksheet which requires the creation of a line plot and includes a table of sample data which your children can organize using a tally chart before creating the line plot. Alternatively, you may wish to take your own measurements and use your own data.
Discuss with your children how in some cases, adding more data or measurements changes the shape of the line plot and this can be a better representation overall. Discuss with your children the concept of sample size. e.g. would measuring 4 or 20 students in the class be more likely to give a better representation of the height of the students in a class?
This interpreting line plots worksheet requires students to add missing data to a line plot and then to answer questions about what is shown.