I absolutely loved Dan Meyers Graphing Stories! I rounded them all up into a single Powerpoint presentation, and watched them with my 7th grade class last fall. All I forgot was popcorn (…next year)!
After the viewing, I told them that they were all going to get to make their own Graphing Stories. I put them into groups of four, and then assigned each group a graph characteristic, either vertical, horizontal, increasing, or decreasing. (About fifty percent of their graphing story needed to be their “assigned” characteristic.)
After the groups brainstormed and planned, we hit the outdoors to film! We filmed their 15 second stories around our beautiful campus with my iPhone. I uploaded their videos to YouTube and then they went to work! It was the beginning of the year, and they were all new students to me thus I had just introduced them to Google Spreadsheets.
Graphing Story Requirements:
- The presentation must be done on Google Presentations (so that the four group members could easily share and work at the same time).
- Fifty percent of the graph needed to be the assigned graph (vertical, horizontal, increasing, or decreasing).
- Use Google Spreadsheets to create the “answer” graph.
- Create a “blank” graph with label axis so that students could label their graphs.
- Create an activity sheet with a blank graph and summary questions.
- The Brown Demon Graphing Story (increasing)
- Decreasing Graphing Story
- Vertical Graphing Stories
- Horizontal Graphing Stories