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Line Plots with Fractions Song | 4th - 5th Grade

Join the 4th and 5th graders as they chart their growth in inches fully equipped with the power of line plots and fractions. Plotting fractions on a line plot helps them to see that one class grew quite a bit more than the other, but the losers aren't feeling too down on their luck. Watch the video to find out why everyone is happy whether or not they grew all that much.

Line Plot with Fractions Song Lyrics:

VERSE ONE
We're in 4th grade analyzing the data we'd got
about how many inches we grew in a year on a line plot.
First, we'll find a common denominator;
next, we'll convert to equivalent fractions for the data.

From zero to four inches we'll draw the line plot;
our intervals are quarter inches each is given a spot.
We’ll plot each data point, and we won’t stop,
until the units on the bottom and the title’s on the top.

CHORUS
First, find a common denominator.
Make equivalent fractions for all the data.
Plot what you've got on the line plot, with a label and a title at the top.

VERSE TWO
Now we're writing the 5th graders growth data down.
How many inches they grew in a year is what we had found,
First, we’ll find a common denominator.
Next, we’ll convert to equivalent fractions for the data.

From zero to four inches, we’ll draw the line plot;
our intervals are quarter inches - each is given a spot -
we plot each data point, and we won’t stop,
until the units on the bottom and the title’s on the top.

BRIDGE
Now we'll analyze the two line plots we made,
and see that student’s grew more in the fourth grade.
The fifth graders grew less, but that was OK,
‘cause overall the fifth graders are taller anyway.
And we fourth graders don't care - we may be shorter -
but we rock math every week of every quarter.

Learn More

Common Core and TEKS standards are aligned to this song. Find out what the standard's exact language is here, or learn more about the wonderful world of line plots with fractions using a slightly different approach at Khan Academy.

Towards helping you generate ideas or lessons seeds for a standards-aligned, fractions and line plots lesson, you might consider Instructure's thoughtful recommendations which cover the common core standard 5.MD.2.

Also, you may want to check out this fun (and free) resource from our friends at upperelementarysnapshots.com.

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