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Graphing Stories – 3 Act Math Style!

Can you draw the graphing story?

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Chunking Graphing Stories into 3 Act Math Tasks

Dan Meyer and BuzzMath worked collaboratively with a group of math teachers to create some really impressive resources for distance-time and many other relationships comparing a dependent variable over time. For the past couple years I have been using the videos on the Graphing Stories website and really enjoying how the videos engage my students in ways I had never considered. However, over time, I have been trying to do a better job developing the question as Dan Meyer and many others discussed here. My thinking was that we could develop the question more effectively if we chunked the Graphing Stories videos into 3 acts.

So that’s what I did and I’d like to share those videos chunked into 3 acts with you below.

Quick Tip: I’d recommend only using a few of these graphing stories each day as anything too repetitive will lose effectiveness. Spacing out your distance-time work with Graphing Stories over a few weeks seems to work well in my own classroom.

Bum Height off the Ground

Carey Lehner

In Bum Height off the Ground, Carey Lehner submits a video of a child sliding down a large theme park slide. What does the graphing story look like when you compare bum height and time?

Distance From Bench

Kenneth Lawler

In Act 1, Kenneth Lawler submits a video of a weight lifter bench pressing. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the distance of the bar from the bench and time?

Act 1

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Distance From Camera

In Act 1, Adam Poetzel submits a video of a man sitting on the edge of a playground ride. What does the graphing story look like when you compare distance from camera and time?

Act 1

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Air Pressure

In Act 1, Paul Reimer submits a video of a man pumping a football with an air pump. What does the graphing story look like when you compare air pressure and time?

Act 1

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Balloon Length

John Golden

John Golden submits a video of a man blowing up a balloon. What does the graphing story look like when you compare balloon length and time?

Act 1

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Distance From the Centre of the Carousel

Adam Poetzel submits a video of a man sitting on the edge of a carousel. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the distance from centre of the carousel and time?

Act 1

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Distance From Home Plate

Liam Johnston

Liam Johnston submits a video of a man running the bases of a baseball diamond. What does the graphing story look like when you compare distance from home plate and time?

Act 1

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Elevation

Arianna Hoshino

Arianna Hoshino submits a video of a man rolling down a hill. What does the graphing story look like when you compare elevation and time?

Act 1

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Elevation of Paper Plane

Jose Luis Ibarra

Jose Luis Ibarra submits a video of a person flying a paper plane from the second floor of a building. What does the graphing story look like when you compare elevation and time?

Act 1

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Height

Jean Phillipe Choiniere

Jean Phillipe Choiniere submits a video of a person zip-lining in the rain forrest. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height off ground and time?

Act 1

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Height of Ball

Rachel Falknor

Rachel Falknor submits a video of a person bouncing a ball on the ground. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height and time?

Act 1

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Height of Stack

Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan submits a video of a person stacking styrofoam cups. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height of stack and time?

Act 1

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Height of Waist Off The Ground

Adam Poetzel submits a video of a person climbing up a slide and then sliding down. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height of waist off ground and time?

Act 1

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Height of Waist Off The Ground

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer submits a video of himself swinging on a swing. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height of waist off ground and time?

Act 1

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Height Off The Ground

Bowen Kerins

Bowen Kerins submits a video of a video game character using a teleport on the screen. What does the graphing story look like when you compare height off ground and time?

Act 1

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Ponies in Frame

Christopher Danielson

Christopher Danielson submits a video of a person adding pony figurines to the frame. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the number of ponies in the frame and time?

Act 1

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Size of Hand

David Cox

David Cox submits a video of a person dealing out a deck of cards. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the size of hand and time?

Act 1

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Time

Mariah Thompson

Mariah Thompson submits a video of a person holding a clock and watching the time go by. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the time on the clock and the time on the timer?

Act 1

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Water Volume

Esteban Diaz Ibarra

Esteban Diaz Ibarra submits a video of a person filling a cylinder with water. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the volume of water and time?

Act 1

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Weight of Stack

Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan submits a video of a person stacking cups on a scale. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the weight of the stack and time?

Act 1

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Weight of Stack Part 2

Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan submits a video of a person un-stacking cups on a scale. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the weight of the stack and time?

Act 1

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Weight of Stack of Mixed Cups

Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan submits a video of a person stacking different kinds of cups on a scale. What does the graphing story look like when you compare the weight of the stack and time?

Act 1

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All of the video content originally licensed CC BY 3.0 US on the Graphing Stories website by Dan Meyer, BuzzMath and a group of excellent teachers.

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