Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media
Graph Masters
Using distance time graphs students will build conceptual understanding of dependent and independent variables.
I can:
  • I can represent real world problems with dependent and independent variables.

  • I can examine a graph and determine the value of the dependent and independent values.

Tech Skills:
  • Simulations

Materials and Resources:

Stickman Graph:

Kid Zones Create a Graph

Explore Learning Gizmos Time Distance Graph - this resource has a limited free version.

Gizmos Student Learning Guide

Grade Level:
  • 6th Grade

Subject Area:
  • Mathematics


Activity 1

  1. Have students work through the 12 graph match activities using the Stickman Graphing interactive. Have them record their findings for each graph. Describe, in detail, what must be done to match each of the 12 graphs. Be sure students are using the time (independent) and distance (dependent) variables appropriately in their explanations. Have students Pair/Share and check their own work.

  2. Demonstrate how to use Kid Zones Create a Graph Line Graph. Allow each student to create their own line graph, input their own data, label their axes and preview their graph. Students should then share their graph with a learning partner. Each of the students should write out the directions for Stickman (from part 1) to match the graph. Students should share their work and discuss.


Activity 2

Teacher Note: Visit Gizmos and sign up for a free trial. Students can access through the classroom code you set-up during your investigation of Explore Learning’s Gizmos.

  1.  Have students complete the prior knowledge questions from the student learning guide.

  2. Students should login to the Gizmos Distance Time Graph with the classcode you provide them. Allow them to “free” explore the graph.

  3. Students who are familiar with the graphing tool should move through Learning Activities A, B and C.

  4. Have students take the 5 question assessment at the bottom of the Gizmo and self-check.


6.EE.9 Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

Supplementary Resources:

More Practice:

Review and Interactive

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