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Math: Misleading Graphs

Learn how graphs can misrepresent information. Learn how to avoid common errors and how to design good charts. These sites include illustrations, tips, activities, worksheets, and quizzes.


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Select links to different types of graphs to learn about their use and misuse. Includes descriptions and examples of line graphs, bar graphs, scatter plots, and pie charts.
Play this fun game while students practice their graph-building skills.
This activity can help kids to practice to identify misrepresented data.
This is a lesson plan for third-fifth grade students and based on NCTM Standards. Kids are asked here to construct water balloon catcher, collect data, build graphs, and advertise created products.
This site has examples of bad and good graphing. Learn ACCENT principles of correct visual presentation of data. Scroll down the page and follow links to learn more about graphs. NOTE: The reading level may be more suited for middle school students.
Compare charts in this one-page PDF file to see how information can be misrepresented.
Print out this four-page PDF worksheet for student exercises in recognizing and correcting misleading graphs.
Take a quiz to test your knowledge on how to identify misleading graphs.
Take a quiz to test your knowledge how to identify misleading graphs.
These sites include interactive games, activities, and simulations of circle graphs/pie charts. Also includes some basic data that can be analyzed and some scoring rubrics.
These sites include examples of different types of graphs such as bar, line, and pictographs. Many of the sites are interactive and demonstrate how graphing works. Also includes several hands-on activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on circle graphs and statistics to graph.
These sites have statistics and information that students can use to create graphs. The sites include sports statistics, lengths of rivers, temperatures, and more. There are links to eThemes Resources on different types of graphs.

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