Led by my student teacher Ms. Sami and classroom teachers as well, third grade students have been collecting data about their peers' favorite things: animals, ice cream flavors, movies and more. After collecting data, students represented it in several different mathematical and artistic ways, looking to contemporary data artists for inspiration. We began each class by looking at images of data and asking questions about the way it was presented to us. Students explored mathematical forms of data collection and visualization such as tallying, pictographs and bar graphs, as well as more expressive ways to show data and make viewers want to look closer to understand the data.
Data Visualization: the way data looks and is organized
- How did the artist organize the data?
- Why do you think s/he chose that way?
- What are the advantages/drawbacks to organizing the data in this way?
Click on the gallery below to view bar graphs and accompanying abstract paintings that show their data sets multiplied by ten.
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