As students organize and analyze data, they ask meaningful questions and dig deeper to solve problems. Moving beyond simply memorizing facts, students acquire the skills of reasoning, inquiry and communication. Building data literacy makes for a richer, more meaningful experience.
Teaching math really is about language, and teaching graphs and charts is not just an objective for math teachers. The skill appears in reading and language arts curriculum as well.
Comparing and analyzing information from graphs and charts are ways of thinking and processing which are skills necessary for reading.
We have designed the curriculum so that students can make connections in other subjects such as science, and cultural thus bringing higher level thinking skills in a multi-disciplinary fashion.