Finding Trends with Visualizations

Pupils often hear about trends, but they don't always see them. The eighth lesson in a unit of 15 requires individuals to use the Google Trends tool. Class members identify patterns in the visualization before presenting the patterns explaining them to the class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils research a current topic related to the school
  • Discuss the difference between describing trends and connections between data and drawing conclusions about data
Classroom Considerations

  • It is possible to choose a topic that will not return any useful trend information, so check ahead of time to be sure the topic will work for the activity
Pros

  • The handout provides a brief tutorial on how to use Google Trends
  • The teaching tips give suggestions on other ways to share information
Cons

  • None