Video: Reading Data from Line Plots

The line plot shows the number of items recycled in a certain day. How many steel cans and newspapers were recycled on that day?

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The line plot shows the number of items recycled in a certain day. How many steel cans and newspapers were recycled on that day?

Okay, let’s break the question down. This is a line plot. We use a line plot to plot data along a line. The question and the line plot tell us that the data is the number of items recycled in a certain day. And so the title of our line plot is Number of Items Recycled.

This data is plotted along the line. Different items were recycled such as steel cans, plastic bottles, and newspapers. The question asks us how many steel cans and newspapers were recycled. So we need to look at this data.

This data represents the number of steel cans. And if we count them, we can see that there are three. This data represents the number of newspapers that were recycled. And if we count them, we see that there are two.

So we need to add together three and two. The answer is five. There were a total of five items recycled on that day: three steel cans and two newspapers.

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