Grade 3 Mathematics Lesson Plan: Data Handling

Grade 3 Mathematics Lesson Plan: Answering Questions About Data

Materials Needed:

  • Data sets (charts/tables)
  • Notebooks and pencils
  • Coloured markers
  • Interactive whiteboard or projector
  • Worksheet on data interpretation
  • CAPS-aligned Mathematics textbook

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Interpret basic data sets presented in tables or charts.
2. Answer simple questions based on data.
3. Identify key features of data sets.
4. Draw conclusions from data.


  1. Data: Information collected together for reference or analysis.
  2. Chart: A sheet of information in the form of a table, graph, or diagram.
  3. Table: A set of facts or figures systematically displayed in rows and columns.
  4. Interpret: Understand and explain the meaning of information.
  5. Conclusion: A judgement or decision reached by reasoning.

Previous Learning:

Students have previously learned how to collect and organise data. They have explored simple ways to display data, such as pictograms and bar graphs.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Difficulty interpreting data: Use step-by-step guided practice to demonstrate how to read and understand data from a chart or table.
  • Struggling to answer questions: Ensure questions are clear and provide scaffolding by breaking down complex questions into simpler parts.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction to Learning Objectives: Briefly outline what the students will learn in today’s lesson.
  2. Activate Prior Knowledge: Show a simple chart or table and ask students to recall what they learned about data collection and organisation.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes):
  2. Explain how to interpret data sets from charts and tables.
  3. Demonstrate with an example on the interactive whiteboard, showing a bar graph and explaining how to read the information.

  4. Guided Practice (10 minutes):

  5. Present a chart and a table to the class.
  6. Ask students to work in pairs to answer a few questions based on the data displayed.
  7. Walk around to provide support and guidance as needed.

  8. Independent Practice (12 minutes):

  9. Distribute worksheets containing different types of data sets and related questions.
  10. Allow students time to interpret the data and answer questions independently.
  11. Provide additional prompting for students who may need more help.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity:
  2. Ask students to answer a quick question based on a data set displayed on the board, such as “How many more apples than oranges are there?”
  3. Collect answers to assess understanding.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Guided Practice: Observe student pairs and provide immediate feedback.
  • Independent Practice: Review completed worksheets to check for correct interpretation and answering.
  • Exit Ticket: Quick review of student responses to ensure understanding of the core concept.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Scaffolding: Provide additional visual aids and step-by-step instructions for students who need extra help.
  • Extensions: Offer more complex data sets for advanced students to interpret.
  • Support for EAL learners: Use visuals and simpler language to explain concepts.
  • Assistance for learners with disabilities: Ensure worksheets are accessible and provide one-on-one support if needed.

Teaching Notes:

  • Purpose of the Lesson: To enhance students’ ability to interpret and answer questions about data, which is a foundational skill in Mathematics.
  • Educational Value: This lesson develops analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Tips for Effective Delivery: Use engaging visuals and real-world data examples to make the lesson more interesting.
  • Accessibility Considerations: Ensure all materials are accessible for students with disabilities, including larger print sizes or audio descriptions as needed.

This lesson plan aligns with the CAPS curriculum and provides a comprehensive approach to teaching data handling and interpretation in Grade 3.

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