mystery graph

Graphs are not just for math class! Seven of the ten fastest growing job categories in the United States are data-centered, and more than 90% of the data ever created by humanity has emerged in the last several years (Boaler, 2019)! Yet, research has shown that many educated adults remain functionally illiterate when it comes to understanding data (Steen, 2001).

Data tells a story in the form of a graph. In order to help your students make math connections in any content area, come learn about an instructional strategy that will engage your students by showing them how to tell a story with graphs. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult basic education teachers at all levels of math background and comfort

This 75-minute webinar is for anyone who teaches ABE math, science, social studies, or ESOL. The instructional strategy of using slow-reveal graphs takes the focus off getting the “right” answer and allows students from a wide variety of math backgrounds and levels (including ELs) to work together to share their curiosity and interpret graphs. The examples you’ll work with introduce a social justice topic and, if you use the unit plan provided, give your students the opportunity to share their own visuals about a social justice topic they find meaningful.

Please note: Registrants will receive a separate email from Sherry Soares ( from the SABES Math team at TERC about a week before the event with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use slow-reveal graphs as a strategy for deeper understanding of information presented in a graph
  • Access a model unit for teaching on social justice, graph analysis, and proportional reasoning
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
02/03/2023 - 12:30 pm to 02/03/2023 - 1:45 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Social Studies
PDP Eligible