There’s a Graph For That

Scripture: Genesis 24

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Isaac and Rebekah.
  • Students will learn Rebekah watered the camels of the servant.
  • Students will learn how to create a bar graph.
  • Students will participate in an activity helping them practice taking data and creating a bar graph.

Guiding Question: How can one use a bar graph to represent data?

Materials: paper, pens or pencils, colored pencils

Procedure: Review the story of Abraham focusing especially when he sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac. Explain how Rebekah had to give each camel about 25 gallons of water. There were multiple camels to water. Explain Rebekah could have made a bar graph to show how many gallons of water she would need depending upon how many camels there were. Teach students how to take data and create a bar graph. Use the number of camels as the “x” axis and the gallons of water as the “y” axis. The numbers on the “x” axis should increase by one for each point. The numbers on the “y” axis should be multiples of 25. Show students how to create a bar for each point on the “x” axis (Ex: 1 would have a bar reaching to 25, 2 would have a bar reaching to 50, 3 would have a bar reaching to 75, etc.) Give students another sample set of data and help them practice creating a bar graph independently. If time allows, you may want to give them several sets of data to use to create bar graphs. Encourage them to use colors to decorate the various bars on their graph.

Additional Questions:

  • What other types of graphs can be used to represent a set of data?

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students search other types of graphs. Can they take the same information about Rebekah and the camels and create a different type of graph? Have them share these new graphs with the class.