Minds On
Graphs to know
Graphs are a way to display data.
There are a variety of types of graphs that can be used to display patterns, trends, and relationships in data.
Analyze the data in the following five graphs to explore how each kind of graph displays diverse data sets. Throughout this learning activity, you can record your ideas digitally, orally, or in print.)
Brainstorm
Interpret the pictograph
 Check the key and count how many people ordered the BBQ chicken pizza.
 How many more people ordered cheese pizza than pepperoni pizza?
Brainstorm
Interpret the bar graph
 Which is the least preferred type of movie and most preferred type of movie?
 Which two types of movies are equally liked? How do you know?
Brainstorm
Interpret the histogram
 Which age group wins the lottery the most often? The least often?
 Which two age groups have the same number of lottery winners? How do you know?
 How is the histogram different than the bar graph from the previous question?
Brainstorm
Interpret the scatter plot
 At which temperature does the company sell the most ice cream? The least?
 What do you notice about the sales of the ice cream in relation to the temperature?
Brainstorm
Interpret the circle graph
 Which mode of transportation is the second most popular for people to take to work?
 Which two modes of transportation account for how 50% of people travel to work? Is there more than one answer for this question?
Action
Task 1: What do the different graphs show?
For each graph, select the corresponding type of data represented.
Task 2: Which graph would you use?
Which type of graph would you use to display the data in each of the following tables? Why? Record your ideas using a method of your choice.
Frequency Table of Grades  

Interval 
Tally 
Frequency 
90 – 100 
5 

80 – 89 
12 

70 – 79 
8 

60 – 69 
2 

0 – 59 
1 
Favourite Fruit  

Fruit 
People 
Apple 
35 
Orange 
30 
Banana 
10 
Kiwifruit 
25 
Blueberry 
40 
Grapes 
5 
Press ‘Degree’ to reveal the method of calculating degrees.
To obtain the category in degrees, the number of people is divided by the percentage and multiplied by 360. For example, for Comedy, $\frac{4}{20}\times 360\xb0=72\xb0.$
Task 3: This or that?
Explore each of the three following tables and record your ideas for the questions in a method of your choice.
Number of Movies Attended in the Past Two Years  

Movies Attended in the Past Two Years 
Number of people 
04 
51 
59 
87 
1014 
131 
1519 
86 
2024 
68 
2529 
37 
3034 
19 
3539 
8 
40+ 
3 
Would you use a bar graph or histogram to display this data? Why?
Think about how bar graphs and histograms are different.
Number of people who visited a museum over a 10day period last summer in relation to the daily sunshine totals  

Day 
Hours Sunshine 
Visitors 
1 
6 
300 
2 
5 
475 
3 
8 
100 
4 
3 
390 
5 
8 
200 
6 
10 
50 
7 
7 
175 
8 
5 
220 
9 
3 
350 
10 
2 
320 
Would you use a bar graph or a scatter plot to display this data? Why?
Think about how bar graphs and scatter plots are different.
Favourite TV Programs  

TV Program 
People 
News 
17 
Cartoon 
34 
Drama 
15 
Science Fiction 
26 
Comedy 
8 
Would you use a circle graph or a pictograph to display this data? Why?
Think about how circle graphs and pictographs are different.
Consolidation
Make a Choice
Choose either Task 1 or 2 and record your thoughts in your notebook, the following fillable and printable document or in a method of your choice.
Task 1: Graphing real world situations
Visit some news websites today and find examples of at least two different types of graphs that you learned about in this lesson. Analyze the graphs and describe one piece of information you can learn from them.
Task 2: Reflection in your math notebook
How do you choose what type of graph best suits the data you gather? Why can’t the same type of graph be used for all types of data?
Press the ‘Activity’ button to access Task 1 and 2.
Reflection
As you read the following descriptions, select the one that best describes your current understanding of the learning in this activity. Press the corresponding button once you have made your choice.
I feel…
Now, expand on your ideas by recording your thoughts using a voice recorder, speechtotext, or writing tool.
When you review your notes on this learning activity later, reflect on whether you would select a different description based on your further review of the material in this learning activity.
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