Graph book series from Schottenbauer Publishing provide ample opportunities for open-ended projects using graphs. These include multi-volume book series on specific topic areas, as well as anthologies of 28 graphs excerpted from these offerings.
The following are three examples of open-ended projects using graphs:
Students in class might be asked to select 2 or 3 volumes of graphs on a topic of their choice, and write a 10-page paper based on a subset of graphs in the books. Students may have a few weeks in which to complete the project, which should include citations from encyclopedias and traditional reference books to support their hypotheses and conclusions.
During an entrance exam to a private school, students might be asked to use two hours to peruse an anthology of 28 graphs, and write a short essay describing a set of conclusions based on some or all of the graphs in the book.
A homeschooler might use an anthology of graphs as the basis for a project in which the student identifies equations for the different graphs, and then writes a paper comparing and contrasting mathematical functions across different situations encountered in the natural world.
Schottenbauer Publishing features over 8,000 graphs, collected into multi-volume series and anthologies in the following categories:
Book Series with Original Graphs
Anthologies of 28 Graphs
- The World in a Graph
- Sports [Multiple Volumes Available]
Several sample graphs from Schottenbauer Publishing are shown below:
The graphs above demonstrate but a few of the types of data available in science lab manuals from Schottenbauer Publishing. Examples include:
- Video Analysis
- Rotational Motion
- Light Intensity
- Magnetic Field Strength
- Sound Level
- Air Pressure
- Gas Pressure
- Wind Speed
- Water Flow Rate
- Joint Angles
- Blood Pressure
- Lung Capacity
- Breathing Rate
A full listing of graph topics from Schottenbauer Publishing, indexed by book series and data type, are available in a Teacher Resource Guide from the publisher. Additional information is also available on the blogs Science and Math Education and Sport Science Education. A list of free blogs with sample graphs, discussion questions, and videos is available in the article Application of Graphs in Education on the blog Graphs in Education.