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Expanded Graphing Tutorial

By Kiersten Nicole Newtoff1, Cheryl Squair2, Sharon Maureen Homer-Drummond3, Tamar Goulet4

1. Montgomery College 2. University of Hawaii at Manoa 3. Tri-County Technical College 4. University of Mississippi

The tutorial has two approaches for teaching about graph building and choosing the appropriate graph for different data types, a scaffolding approach and a exploration approach which can be utilized depending on how you wish to use the resource.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group HHMI BioInteractive FMN (2017)

Version 1.0.0 - published on 18 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q45M37 - cite this

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International according to these terms

Adapted from: Spreadsheet Data Analysis Tutorial Series v 1.0


In one classroom, a scaffolding approach was used where students knew they needed to make a certain type of graph given a set of data. Each type of graph had a brief introduction and explained the different types of variables and then students used that information to make the graph. The week before this lesson, students completed Tutorial 1 to introduce Excel before working on this graphing tutorial. From the original resource, the “exploration” tabs were deleted. After each tutorial, students answered questions for points on the Learning Management System (LMS).


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