Planet U: Understand Tables, Charts, and Graphs
On Planet U, a big sandstorm welcomed you! You hide for a long time inside your spaceship to protect yourself. You thought it would never end, but finally it did--- after what seemed like one whole day! When the sandstorm settled, a tiny animal that you did not recognize was waiting for you. “I have been waiting," it whispered. “I want to give you one of our great treasures--- the purple diamond!" You step forward in excitement, thinking you did not have to do more tasks. “But wait!" it said. “You must do something for me first." Oops! You were wrong…
Task #1: Another important study skill that you must learn is to understand tables, charts, and graphs when you come across such. For instance, if you were reading something in your textbook and you see suddenly a graph that goes with a paragraph, do not ignore it. Do not just glimpse at it. You should take time to study it because it might give you additional information that you will need or that may even be more important than the paragraph itself. Look at a pie graph that shows the reasons kids listen to classic rock. Then answer the questions below:
- Which reason did most kids choose?
- What are the three other reasons kids listen to classic rock?
- Why do you think your answer in number 1 is the top reason?
Task #2: Study two graphs that show data about the Philippines and about Canada. Compare the information from the two graphs by writing about it in at least five sentences.
Task #3: There are many different kinds of tables, charts, and graphs. One common kind is the pictograph, which makes use of pictures or illustrations. Study a worksheet with a pictograph and answer the exercise included. Another kind that is used often is the line graph. View a worksheet about it and answer the exercise included. Please do not peek at the answer keys, or else you will not learn at all.
Becoming familiar with different tables, charts, and graphs will allow you to be able to understand them better. In this way, when you encounter such in a textbook or when your teacher presents one, it will be easy to comprehend and thus will be helpful in your studies. And now that you have finished all the tasks in this planet, the little animal shall give you their treasured diamond.
Your mission continues...