Making “Photo” Graphs by: Julianne Doto and Susan Golbeck

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Collecting data and analyzing the results of experiments is difficult for children. The authors found a surprising way to help their third graders make graphs and draw conclusions from their data: digital photographs. The pictures bridged the gap between an abstract graph and the plants it represented. With the support of the photos, students analyzed the results of their experiment and represented them graphically. In addition, children learned about plants according to state science standards while integrating the data analysis components of state math standards.

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  • on Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:03 PM

Third grade students use photo’s and the teacher inserted them into an ‘Excel’ program to make a visual graph of seedling growth over a period of time. After each photo was taken the students measured the height of their seedling and entered their data along with the uploaded digital image from the camera. The results are shown in a photo from a screen shot. This is an interesting approach to using simple technology and applying it to an investigation.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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