February 07, 2017

Circle Graphs

We learned all about circle graphs on Monday and Tuesday. Here are the big ideas that were covered: 

  • unless you know how many people were surveyed, it is very hard to provide specific numbers when interpreting the data on a (grade three) circle graph 
  • we reviewed fractions by talking about 1/2 and 1/4 
  • for the most part, circle graphs rely on percentages, something the boys and girls will learn in later years
  • when given the option of interpreting data from both a bar graph or a circle graph, a bar graph will be more accurate (at this grade level)
  • Don't get fooled!  If a test question asks you "How many kids voted for chocolate chip?" and you don't know how many people participated in the survey, it's impossible to provide specific numbers. 
  • We rely on fractions such as 1/4 or 1/2 or even phrases such as "a very small amount" or "the least amount".  

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