Line Plots. When I even think of the words, I shudder. It’s one of the trickiest concepts for students. What do those Xs mean? The numbers on the bottom? YOU WANT ME TO PUT FRACTIONS ON THERE!? I have racked my brain for ways to make this fun and engaging and scoured the World Wide Web for other teacher who have done the same. Now I bring to you….
Unfortunately, the list isn’t as big as I would have hoped–but that’s only because there is a MAJOR lack of resources for this tough Common Core (and other standards, too) skill! Most of what you will find here includes ideas for teaching line plots with fractions, but I have included other, more basic ideas to begin your unit. Let’s get started!
Money! Money can be applied to so many things. I created this little lemonade stand activity for students to begin working with line plots. They each get a bag of coins (if you want to use whole numbers, you could throw some dollar bills in, too) and sort them out. They create a “line plot” using the money, then transfer it into a true line plot with Xs and fractions.
Here’s another great example of a line plot anchor chart. This teacher laminated the bones of it so that she could create a new one weekly… (Source Unknown)
The Teacher Studio has an excellent post about three hands-on math stations she used with her kids while teaching line plots. I highly, highly recommend you pop over and check them out!
Here’s another great idea from Third Grade Thinkers using a fun game and plotting the results!
Now, what would a Teaching With a Mountain View unit be without some task cards? When I decided I was going to create line plot task cards, I had no idea how time intensive it would be, but they are done and here! They are half-page differentiated task cards and have tons of uses.
There are actually three mini-sets within this set of line plot task cards. The first ten analyze line plots using whole numbers. The second set analyzes line plots using fractions, and the final ten require students to generate line plots. They are perfect for differentiating or scaffolding instruction!