Line Plot graphing with dice could be one of many fun activities to introduce students to line plots. More so, because the ordinary dice is indeed a very versatile object. It’s not just associated with a plethora of board games but also serves its purpose as an important tool of learning – a math manipulative to be precise.

In last week’s post, I clarified the difference between Bar Graphs and Pictographs and also went into some detail on how to plot data on them. I hope it was helpful to you in some way.

### In this post, we’ll look at answering some common questions on line plot graphing.

- What is an example of a line plot?
- What is a line plot graph for kids?
- How do you show data on a line plot?
- How do you graph a line plot?

## What is an example of a line plot?

Before we get into the line plot graphing with a dice activity, let’s define a line plot.

Put simply, a line plot displays data along a number line. A symbol such as a dot or an ‘X’ represents the data plotted on a line plot. That’s why a line plot is also called a dot plot.

Here is a visual example of a line plot activity that involves plotting M&Ms colors. My students love this activity! Not only because it’s hands-on graphing, but they get to eat the candy too.

I like to give students the individual M&Ms packs as there are just enough M&Ms to not make the task cumbersome. Students put an ‘X’ to plot each color on the line plot. The template makes it easy to see at a glance which color M&M is the most or the least, or even what fraction of M&Ms are a certain color.

## How do you show data on a line plot?

#### or How do you graph a line plot?

Showing data on a line plot is easy. An ‘X’ or a dot is put above each category in the data set.

For example, in this line plot activity, a dice is rolled 15 times and an ‘X’ is placed above each number rolled.

Then the number of ‘X’ symbols is counted to find out how many times a number is rolled.

Next comes the task of interpreting the data collected on the line plot graph.

In the line plot visual, the number 3 is the most popular outcome. This is because it was rolled four times.

The least rolled number is the number 2 because it was rolled just once.

No doubt, these kinds of constructive questions help students reflect on data plotted on a line plot.

Needless to say, plotting data on line plots also connect to real-life data and makes the abstract more concrete.

Interestingly, data on a line plot can also be plotted using coins, spinners, domino tiles, and visual cards.

## Free Line Plot Activity

So, if you’re about to start teaching your students about line plots, why not start off with this hands-on line plot activity using a dice.

The templates are all ready for you to print and assign to your students. All you need is dice.

A word of warning though – be sure to place bubble-wrap paper on students’ desks to muffle the sound of the dice landing.

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