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Activity 8: Graphing Local Information (GLEs: 5, 9)

Illustrate and discuss the use of graphs as a means of displaying information. Show students how to construct a simple bar graph by using information such as the boy/girl ratio in the classroom, modes of transportation, ice cream flavor preference, etc. Ask them to create a bar graph using the information gathered.  Give students the opportunity to practice making bar graphs with various types of information.  Then provide students with the geographic information on the human characteristics of the local community which was gathered in Activity 7 (e.g., how many family members work within or outside of the community, origin of families, language, religious beliefs, and land use) and have them draw a graph showing that information.

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