6.2D Tables and Graphs

6.2C Measurement


Use your data and create a graph

Line Graph

Line graphs can be used to show how something changes over time. Line graphs can also be used to show trends in data and can be useful to predict what will happen next. Line graphs are very often used in science!

Circle or Pie Graph

Circle graphs are best to use when you are trying to compare parts of a whole. Each section of a circle graph represents a percentage out of 100%. They do not show changes over time

Bar Graphs

Bar graphs can be used to compare different groups. Bar graphs show comparisons between amounts or events and are useful in making generalizations about data.

Bar graph website creator

Use this link to create a bar graph

Parts of a Graph

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Title – The title appears at the top of a graph and should offer a short explanation of what is in your graph. It should help the reader identify what they are about to look at. It can be creative or simple but must be related to the information found in the graph


The Legend – The legend tells what each bar, line, or section represents on the graph. Just like the legend on a map, the legend for a graph should help the reader understand the information they are looking at.

X and Y Axis

X and Y Axis – Bar graphs and line graphs have an x-axis and a y-axis. In most graphs, the x-axis is horizontal (flat) and the y-axis is vertical (up and down). The x-axis shows what is being measured or compared. The y-axis is typically numbers showing the amounts for what is being measured. Both the X and Y axis should be clearly labeled to help the reader understand the information shown by the graph.

The Data

The Data – The most important part of a graph is the information or data that it contains. The bars, lines, or sections on a graph must accurately portray the information that is shown on the graph. Neatness and accuracy are key!

Measurement: Volume

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Measuring Liquid Volume

  • Use a beaker or graduated cylinder
    • To prevent spills and messes - DO NOT fill the graduated cylinder with water directly from the faucet
  • Pour water from a beaker into the graduated cylinder, then use a pipette if needed​​​​
  • Always read the measurement at eye level
    • By lowering your head toward the container

  • Read the measurement from the bottom of the meniscus​​
    • The meniscus is the curve in the surface of the liquid due to the attraction of the liquid to the container​

Water Displacement Method

  • For ‘irregularly-shaped' objects that are solid but cannot be measured with a ruler and formula
    • Examples: nail, rock​
  • First record an initial volume of water in the graduated cylinder
    • There must be enough water to cover object that you are measuring, but not too much to overflow when adding the object
  • Next carefully add the object to be measured into the cylinder
    • Slide the object in - don't just drop it!
  • Then measure and record the final volume - the amount of the water with the object
  • Calculate:
    • Final Volume – Initial Volume = Volume of the Object

Blendspace for Volume

Go to the blendspace below and go through the slides in order. Write your answers to the practice questions in your interactive notebook


Mass- Triple Beam Balance

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