Displaying Numerical Data


Displaying Numerical Data introduces students to several types of graphs that will help them display information. Students will discover that there are many ways to show data. They will learn in this lesson about box plots, histograms, and dot plots. The worksheets will provide them plenty of opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the material.

The “Options for Lessons” section contains a couple of suggestions for either additional or alternative activities for your lesson. One suggestion is to have students research a topic that relates to another class for the homework assignment. They will collect data from that class and fill in the information on the worksheet. Another option is to have students practice graphing data sets that you create, either by hand or on the computer.

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What our Displaying Numerical Data lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Displaying Numerical Data teaches students how to create three kinds of graphs to display data. Students will learn about box plots, dot plots, and histograms. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to gather data and create all three graphs to display the information.

There are two pages of content in this lesson. The first page explains dot plots and histograms. Students will learn the properties of each and how to create one. The second page explains box plots and the 5-number summary. Each type of graph has an example or two to help students understand how to use them.


For the activity worksheet, students will use play doh to sculpt an object. They will use whatever colors are available. The sculpture can be big or small. (Make sure students know not to use so much that there isn’t enough for everyone at the table.) Next, they will weight the play doh object on a scale. Then they will record the information on the worksheet. At the bottom, they will draw their sculptures in the empty box.

The second worksheet has several tables. Students will use the first table to gather all the different weights of their objects. The second table measure number of colors. The third table measures length in centimeters. Students will create a box plot, a histogram, and a dot plot on a separate sheet of paper using a different variable for each one.


The practice worksheet contains a word problem about a farmer and his potatoes. Students will read the word problem and analyze the data. Using the data in the table, they will create a box plot, a histogram, and a dot plot. They can use extra paper if they need more blank space.


For the homework assignment, students will pick a topic and gather 10 to 15 data points. They will write the data in the table on the worksheet. The instructions list a website for them to go to for reference. Students will create a dot plot and a histogram on the computer and email them for credit. Finally, they will draw a box plot on the worksheet.

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6th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.