Helping Students See How Graphs Work
Guide students to see past what graphs look like and understand what they represent using free online animations.
Students see graphs in their daily lives, and they sketch and interpret graphs in math classes. But what do they think graphs represent?
They might think that different looking graphs show different things. Yet teachers know that two graphs that look different can represent the same thing. When teachers focus on the relationships between the attributes included in the graphs, they can help students to move beyond what graphs look like to what graphs represent.