# Teaching Line Plots in Math for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade￼

If you are teaching graphing in math, I am sure you’re familiar with the struggle to find engaging and fun ways to help students read and create the dreaded line plot graph! It’s no secret that analyzing and interpreting data can be tricky for kids in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade. Line plots seem to take “tricky” to the next level for my students. There are so many parts of a line plot graph, and then let’s sprinkle in some fractions!?! WHAT?

We can make line plots with fractions easier to understand by covering bar graphs and pictographs well beforehand in math. Most students find creating graphs relatively easy because it is so visual in nature. Reading and answering complex graphing questions is where the real learning takes place!

### Class Created Line Plots in Math

Use a simple number line on the whiteboard, sticky notes with each students’ name and survey the class! Here are some questions you can use. How many pets do you have? How many minutes do you read every day? What is the length of your pencil? or other objects.

##### Now that you have your line plot, it’s time to interpret the data!

• How many students had 3 pets?
• How many students read 15 minutes?
• Which length of pencil was the most/least popular?

Then increase the difficulty so students can analyze the line plot.

• How many students had 4 or more pets?
• How many students read less than 15 minutes?
• How many students took this survey?