Charts & Graphs
Learn About Graphs & Charts   |
Making Graphs & Charts   |
Practice Data   |
Graphing Software  |
Offline Resources  |
The old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is never more true than when it comes to showing data. Words often cannot adequately explain the information we are tryng to pass along to others. Graphs and charts can help by displaying the data visually.
LEARN ABOUT GRAPHS AND CHARTS
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Learning About Charts and Graphs - This series of lessons will help you learn more about the various types of charts and graphs. Not only will you learn how to extract information from them, but you will also learn how to build them.
Every Picture Tells a Story - Avoid dull graphs. Effective information graphics are designed to grab attention. Colors and shapes within a sea of text slow readers down long enough to give you a shot at getting them interested.
Using Data and Statistics - Get help with deciding which type of graph to use, and understanding mean, median, and mode.
Twin Groves Chart and Graphs -Learn about the different types of graphs as well as tips for making better graphs and charts.
MAKING GRAPHS AND CHARTS
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Print Free Graph Paper - Save yourself money and a trip to the store! Print graph paper free from your computer. This site is perfect for science and math homework, craft projects and other graph paper needs. All graph paper files are optimized PDF documents requiring Adobe Reader for viewing.
Graph Paper - Print your own graph paper FREE. Many different styles and sizes available. If you need something more specific use the Graph Paper Printer Program, a freeware Windows program, for generating your own.
Microsoft Excel Help - If Microsoft Excel is loaded on your computer and you need a little help this site provides ten step process to get you started.
Graphing Worksheets - For teachers this site has a collection of printable worksheets on to practice graphing.
Student's Classrom, Create a Graph - Use this handy website to easily create graphs. Choose from five different types of graphs.
PRACTICE GRAPHING USING REAL DATA
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If you're going to practice graphing, you're going to need data. Almost any data, collected as a set, can be displayed as a graph. The sites below also provide a lot of raw data which may prove useful and may give you other ideas as well.
StateMaster - A unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states.
American Fact Finder - Compare many different aspects of American life. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Debt to the Penny - From the U.S. Treasury data regarding the national debt.
Results - Comparisons since 1997 showing how teen homeschoolers score vs. students with other educational and family backgrounds.
Official Energy Statistics From the U.S. Government - Chart the energy use in homes and buildings, the price of gas, green house gas emitions, or a wide variety of other options.
Fun State Facts, from the U.S. Census Bureau - Learn about the U.S. Census, get facts about your state and have fun with quiz questions.
American History Buff - States Facts - Information and population statistics about each state.
Weekly Nielsen Ratings - Data regarding who watches what on television. Compiled by Nielsen Media Research. Top 10 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings.
Major League Baseball Stats - This is a good source of sortable data. Have fun comparing earned run averages and other player stats.
Weather Forecast - This is the weather forecast for Hurst, Texas. Up at the top you may add in your own zip code to get the forecast for your city.
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NOTE: All software listed below is for PC unless MAC is specifically mentioned.
Online Scientific Graphing Calculator - A full featured program with all the common operators and functions expected from any scientific
calculator combined with graphing capabilities.
(For MAC) DeltaGraph 5.6.1 - Mac. Demo available. Analyze your data with the Formula Builder and 50 mathematical and statistical functions or fit a curve to your data with advanced regression tools. Visualize your results with more than 80 different chart types and 200 different styles, both 2D and 3D.
(For MAC) OmniGraffle 3.2.2 - Mac. Easily create graphs and charts with this versatile tool that's optimized for OS X. Free to try, $69.95 to buy.
Graph Paper Printer - Windows. A software application designed to print numerous kinds of graph papers, music manuscripts and pattern papers, with user-defined sizes and colors.
Gus and Gertie's Graphin' Gadget 1.1a - Windows. Trial version. G&G is easier to teach, easier to learn and use, and far more affordable than a hardware graphing
calculator. Teachers may send for a free evaluation copy.
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