Graphs are an important skill in Science. They allow us to see trends in data and results. They even allow us to predict or extrapolate from the data and find some unknowns. They can be quite a struggle for students to master and we try and include a lot of them in our analysis of practicals. This is especially the case for our new Year 7s who haven’t had much time to master these in class lessons.
When planning a lesson involving graphs that I was delivering over Microsoft Teams, I had to put a lot of thought into how to scaffold and structure the lesson to enable all students to access the lesson and be able to create a graph. The first thing we did, was to come up with a success-criteria for a perfect graph that they can refer back to and check. We then looked at some already drawn scales and line graphs. I was then able to model drawing a graph using some data and a web cam.
The final part of the lesson was for them to draw their own graphs using some different data. They then had to upload a photo so that I could provide some feedback and support for the students who were struggling. It was a very enjoyable lesson and the students responded well by producing some excellent graphs. Excellent work, 7P!!