Sketching a Graph from a Story Problem

One of the beauties of mathematics is the ability to take words and turn them into symbols. The lesson uses a graph to tell a story, and translates a description of water changing temperatures into a graph. The instructor then reviews how the parts of the graph relate to the story. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After watching the video, ask the class to write a story to graph; have pairs exchange stories and create the graph
  • Post the video online as an accessible resource 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access to watch the YouTube video
  • The lesson is the ninth in a series of 29 videos
Pros

  • The instructor emphasizes units and how to label the graph
Cons

  • The video does not emphasize the slope of the lines and only includes linear parts
Common Core