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ERIC Number: EJ876169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
My Bar Graph Tells a Story
McMillen, Sue; McMillen, Beth
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n7 p430-436 Mar 2010
Connecting stories to qualitative coordinate graphs has been suggested as an effective instructional strategy. Even students who are able to "create" bar graphs may struggle to correctly "interpret" them. Giving children opportunities to work with qualitative graphs can help them develop the skills to interpret, describe, and compare information from a graph even without the availability of numeric labels. This investigation addresses the Data Analysis and Probability Standard (NCTM 2000) and explores the value of connecting stories with qualitative bar graph instruction, which too often focuses on only counting, tallying, and creating bar graphs. The authors suggest that mathematical investigations using stories, poems, and songs can also contribute to improving reading comprehension and attention to detail, as well as strengthening the connection between reading and mathematics. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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