Math Investigations

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Chapter 10

Part 1: For the problem in the Teacher's Edition, page 232

Provide your students with a copy of the Activity page (PDF file).

Have students create a bar graph to show the information given in the circle graph on page 232. Students will need to have 5 bars on their graph and a scale that goes up to at least 27.

bar graph title: Name a State with Great Snowboarding Survey - vertical label: Number of People with scale from 0 to 30 by 2's (0, 2, 4, etc.) - horizontal label: State - bar labeled California: 15 - bar labeled Utah: 20 - bar labeled Vermont: 10 - bar labeled Colorado: 27 - bar labeled Other: 18

Next, suggest to students that they think of a question they would like to take a survey on. Have them survey as many people as they can and create a bar graph to show the results.

If you do not want your students to create their own survey, have them use the data from a survey on the data sheet to create a bar graph.

Answer for data given by us:

bar graph - title: Nam Your Favorite Sport Survey - vertical label: Number of People with scale from 0 to 25 by 2's (0, 2, 4, etc.) - horizontal label: sport - bar labeled Football: 23 - bar labeled Baseball: 18 - bar labeled Basketball: 19 - bar labeled Tennis: 15 - bar labeled Other: 9

Part 2: Be an Investigator

A good time to do this investigation is after Lesson 8 on using a graph.


  • graph paper

Introducing the Investigation

Introduce the investigation by reading aloud the assignment at the top of the first page of the Description of Investigation and Student Report (PDF file), by having one of your students read aloud the assignment, or by having the students read the assignment individually.

Put students in groups of two to four to work on the investigation.

Doing the Investigation

Have students, who are having trouble deciding which kind of graph to use to display a set of data, look at Lesson 8 on pages 254-256.


Answers will vary.

Possible Answers:

double bar graph - Vertical Labeled Number with scale 0, 5, 10, etc. up to 50 - Horizontal Labeled Sport with Basketball, Tennis, Soccer - Two bars for each sport one labeled Girls, the other labeled Boys

stem and leaf plot titled 'Points scored in Basketball Games.' For Stem 3, Leaves 5; For Stem 4, Leaves 0 1 5 7 7 7 9; For Stem 5, Leaves 2 6 6 9

line graph - Title: Average Temperature at Track Meets - Vertical label Temperature with scale 0, 5, 10, 15, etc. up to 80 - Horizontal label Month

Student Report

The student report gives students an opportunity to show the graphs and plots they created and to tell why they chose each way of displaying data.

Extending the Investigation

Have your class collect data for a survey or sports event and then decide what kind of graph or plot would best show the data.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 6