A variety of educational organizations provide on the Internet a large number of line plot activities for third grade through fifth grade students. Some of these activities provide interactive lessons and quizzes for your class to carry out online, while other activities can be completed in the classroom using common school materials.
Line Plot Interactive Lesson
The Glencoe website (www.glencoe.com) offers an interactive lesson that teaches students about line plots, then quizzes students on the information they have learned. Students first learn to draw a number line using a data table, beginning with the lowest number and ending with the highest number. They complete the line plot then learn how to find the range and the scale for the data placed on the line plot. Once students complete their own line plot, they answer questions about it.
Interpreting Line Plot Quiz
Students use the IXL website (www.ixl.com) to test their understanding of interpreting line plots. Students take a test on a number of different line plots. The test provides students with explanations when they make mistakes or provide wrong answers. Once all test answers are submitted, a summary will show the time spent on the test, a "smart score" and the total problems answered correctly.
M&M Line Plot Activity
Jefferson County Schools in Tennessee (classroom.jc-schools.net) offers students a line plot activity they can carryout in the classroom. This activity provides a review of the students' understanding of graphing. Students estimate the number of M&M candies in a bag, then sort and count them. They will then make a line plot and find the mean, median and mode for the line plot. To complete this activity, the students need M&Ms, worksheets, colored pencils and crayons.
Student Line Plot Activity
The Texas Education Agency (ritter.tea.state.tx.us) offers students a line plot activity called "How Far Can We Stretch?" Divide students into groups and provide each group with a chart, a pencil and a measuring tape. The groups enter each student's name on the chart then measure and enter the length of each student's fully stretched out arms, finger tip to finger tip. The students then create a line plot showing this information. Students can also create a stem and leaf plot and compare the two graphs.
Barbara Freeman is a teacher and has been writing since around 1995. She's written curriculum for Discovery NutshellMath software and her NutshellMath tutorials appear on the Discovery Cosmeo homework website. She's also written for Freshfilm.com. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts, a credential and a Master of Arts in educational technology.