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# Fix This Chart

## Overview and Objective

In this lesson, students will analyze misleading graphs and use the table and chart tools on Polypad to remake more accurate representations of the data. Click here for a tutorial on the chart tools on Polypad.

## Warm-Up

Share with students that Sabah Ibrahim's Tweet of this graph in April of 2020 received over 100,000 likes. In small groups or individually, invite students to reflect on why they think this image received so much attention. Invite students to share what they notice and wonder about the graph.

After a few minutes, invite students to share their reflections with the class. Students will likely share that the graph is misleading because the y-axis does not start at zero and because the the scaled up versions of the females are not proportional to their height. Pose the following questions to students:

• Why do you think the graph was created like this? Do you think the author was purposely trying to be misleading? If so, what point are they trying to make?
• How would you re-create the graph to make it more representative of the data?

## Main Activity

Click here to learn how to share Polypads with students and how to view their work. This Polypad contains three misleading graphs. For each graph, invite students to respond to the following prompts. Students can use the drawing and text tools within Polypad to respond to this or record their answer somewhere else.

• How is this graph misleading? What techniques did the author use to make the graph misleading?
• Why do you think the graph was created like this? Do you think the author was purposely trying to be misleading? If so, what point are they trying to make?
• Use Tables and Charts and Statistics features in Polypad to create a better representation of this data. Write a few sentences explaining why you believe your graph is a better representation of the data. Does your graph cause the viewer to reach a different conclusion from the data compared to the original graph? Explain.