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Graphing Practice for Secondary Science

At the beginning of the year, it’s good to review graphing and make your expectations clear on what you expect when students turn in a graph. 

  • Title?
  • Clearly labeled x and y axis?
  • Proper scale?
  • Key?
  • Non-messy bars?

If you teach physical science this is pretty critical, since students will be graphing often. 

Here is a round-up of resources you can use to practice graphing with students:

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1. Graphing Checklist: A great way to reinforce your graphing expectations is to have them visible for students. This graphing checklist can be placed in student binders or hung on the wall for students to reference when they work on a graph. 


2. Turner’s Graph of the Week: This stellar website has a weekly graphing worksheet that is sure to engage students. Graphing topics are timely, relevant, and engaging. Don’t miss this one!


3. Graphing Stories: This website has video clips students watch, analyze and create a graph from. (Most are motion related, so great for physical science teachers). 

4. Smart Graphs: This digital activity has students read through a scenario and decide which is the best type of graph to represent events in the story. 

5. ACS: Here are a series of graphing activities from American Chemical Society.

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6. Graphing Lesson: My friend Tammy over at The Morehouse Magic created this free powerpoint  and quiz to review graphing with your students. 

7. Graphing Analysis: Here is another graphing freebie on TpT, this time from Amy Brown Science. 

8. What’s going on in this graph? In this series from the New York Times, students check out graphs that are published weekly. Ask your students- What do you notice? What do you wonder? What’s going on? 


9. Create a Graph: Want students to practice creating their own graphs digitally? If you don’t think your students are ready to tackle Excel graphs, try out this website– it’s more user friendly. 

​10. How to Spot a Misleading Graph: This Ted-Ed video shows students how graphs can be misleading to viewers. Brings up great discussion points! 

What other graphing activities do you love? Drop me a comment! 
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