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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Using Graphs for Class

Graphs are wonderfully flexible tools which can be used in almost any class, including math, science, language arts, physical education, music, and art.

The following list describes possible learning activities centered on graphs:

Possible Lesson Plans
  • Graph Reading 
    • Identifying Minimum & Maximum
    • Determining Graph Shape
    • Redrawing the Graph on a Different Scale
  • Mathematical Modeling 
    • Writing the Graph's Equation
    • Transforming the Graph's Equation
  • Theoretical Analysis
    • Describing the Scientific & Mathematical Concepts Related to Graph(s) 
    • Describing the Scientific & Mathematical Theories Related to Graph(s)
    • Identifying the Theoretically Ideal Graph & Comparing to Individual Graph(s)
    • Understanding Measurement Error & Other Types of Error
    • Comparing & Contrasting Specific Graphs
  • Science Writing
    • Describing a Graph in Words
    • Writing a Comparison & Contrast of Graphs
    • Describing Scientific Concepts & Theories Relevant to Graphs
    • Developing Theories Based on Graphs
    • Re-writing Graph Titles in Scientific Format
    • Practicing Different Styles of Writing about Graphs (e.g., Journalistic, Scientific, Practical/Colloquial)
  • Exploratory Research
    • Data-Mining 
    • Developing Theories Based on Graphs
    • Exploring Open-Ended Questions (e.g., Look at this book of graphs and write about a topic of interest.)
  • Estimation Skills
    • Understanding Range & Order of Magnitude
    • Developing Theoretical Comparisons from Commonly Available Data (e.g., Here is a graph of someone throwing a shot put. What would a graph look like if it were thrown by a child? By an Olympian in 1950? By an Olympian today?)

Schottenbauer Publishing features over 8,000 graphs, collected into multi-volume series and anthologies which fit into the following categories:

Book Series with Original Graphs
  • Sports
    • Athletic Training 
    • Exercise Equipment 
    • Yoga, Pilates, & Ballet 
    • Archery & Shooting Sports 
    • Ball Sports 
    • Hockey [Field, Street, Ice, & Air] 
    • Fencing 
    • Gymnastics 
    • Track & Field 
    • Ice Skating 
    • Snow Sports 
  • Music
    • Sound Waves 
    • Music Performance 
  • General Physics
    • Gravity, Springs, and Collisions 
    • Electricity and Magnetism

Anthologies of 28 Graphs
  • The World in a Graph
  • Sports
    • Summer Olympic Sports
    • Winter Olympic Sports
    • Physical Fitness
    • Ball Sports
    • Gymnastics
    • Track & Field
    • Figure Skating
    • Ice Hockey
    • Dance & Ballet
    • Yoga
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Music
  • Play

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 at and

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