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Climate Change, Graphing, Visual Art Analysis


3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Math, Art


60 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides

Data Review and Action Plan (Art for the Earth #5)

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Last Updated:
Oct 3, 2022

In this lesson, students analyze data, create line graphs, conduct research, and plan their data art project. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students analyze their own data from the previous lesson.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students create a line graph and conduct research on their topic.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students plan their data art project.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
15 minutes
  • Students analyze their data using guiding questions on the Teacher Slideshow.
  • Students think-pair-share using guiding questions on the Teacher Slideshow.
  • Teacher reintroduces the artwork of Jill Pelto. Teacher reminds students that students will create artwork modeled after Jill Pelto's style.
30 minutes
  • Students create a line graph with their data in their own Line Graph and Research Student Document.
  • Students add a title, x-axis label, y-axis label, data points using dots, and a line connecting the data points.
  • After students complete the line graph, they conduct research about their topic. Students take notes on their research on the second page of the Line Graph and Research Student Document.
  • Teachers can remind students to consider justice, equity, different perspectives, and how climate change impacts people differently when conducting their research. This article provides a brief overview of environmental justice.
15 minutes
  • Students trace their line graphs onto another piece of blank paper. Students can hold up their papers to a window to make it easier.
  • Students plan their artwork and begin sketching.
Teaching Tips


  • Students learn how to create a line graph that includes title, x-axis label, y-axis label, data points, and a line connecting the data points.
  • Students think critically in their groups and in whole class discussions.
  • Students practice media literacy skills when conducting research.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 5 of 6 in our 3rd-5th grade Art for the Earth unit.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of data analysis and why graphs are useful tools to view data.
  • You may have to guide students to good resources when they are conducting research on their topic in the Investigate section. A great tip when students are doing online research is to use the PARC method, which stands for Purpose, Author, Reliability, and Currency. Students can ask of every website:
    • What is the purpose of this website?
    • Who is the author of this website?
    • Is this website reliable?
    • Is this website current?


  • It may be best for students to collaborate when creating their line graphs. Grouping students with varying levels of logical-mathematical intelligence and spatial-visual intelligence would probably work best.
  • Line graphs can also be created using technology tools, including iPads or Chromebooks.
  • Your students may or may not have different line graphs. If the data comes from a true class campaign, all students will have the same line graph. If students gathered their own data for different issues or used the different available data from NASA, their line graphs will be different.
  • The Inspire section is meant for students to prepare to complete their projects. They will actually finish their projects in the sixth lesson in this unit after discussing more about the impact of art on one's feelings, how colours affect emotions, and how to appeal to different audiences.
Scientist Notes

This lesson builds students' data analysis and research skills. Students learn how to use data to create an appealing artwork that can explain and raise awareness on climate change impacts. All materials are properly sourced, and datasets for analysis are accurate. The lesson has passed our science credibility process.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Measurement & Data (K-5)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.B.4 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots. For example, from a line plot find and interpret the difference in length between the longest and shortest specimens in an insect collection.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.3a Elaborate on an imaginative idea.
      • VA:Cr1.1.4a Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.
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