Looking for Graphs to Use in the Classroom? Here Are 34.

Looking for Graphs to Use in the Classroom? Here Are 34.

Our third year of “What’s Going On in This Graph?”, our weekly collaboration with the American Statistical Association, begins in September. To help you prepare, we have amassed an archive with 34 graphs on an array of topics, including baseball, popular music, climate change and military budgets. Take a look to see how thousands of students have already interacted with these fascinating examples of data journalism.

If you’re new to the feature, here is how it works:

  • Each week during the school year we take a graph that has been published elsewhere in The New York Times and ask students to share what they notice and wonder about it. This feature is completely free.

  • We post these graphs on Thursdays, and include them in our free weekly newsletter, so teachers can plan for the coming week. Our first graph of the new school year will be released on Thursday, Sept. 5.

  • Then, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time the next Wednesday, we host a live-moderated discussion where students from around the world post their observations and analysis while moderators from A.S.A. facilitate the conversation among the students. Our first live-moderated discussion will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

  • Your class can join the discussion any day of the week, not just Wednesdays, and students can even comment on graphs in our archive.

  • On Thursday afternoons, a week after we publish each graph, we add an “update” to the post which includes additional background about these graphs and relevant statistical concepts.

Below you will find 16 kinds of graphs, ranging from a simple dot plot to a radar graph. To make this free library even more accessible for teachers, we’ve organized them by both topic and graph type.

In addition, we have two new ways you can stay on top of everything related to “What’s Going On in This Graph?” and share this feature with your colleagues:

  • Add our 2019-20 “What’s Going On in This Graph?” live-moderated discussion dates to your Google calendar.

  • Watch our related webinar, featuring Sharon Hessney from the American Statistical Association and Dan Meyer from Desmos, as well as guest teachers and students, about how to use “What’s Going On in This Graph?” in your classroom.

Join us for our third year of “What’s Going On in This Graph?” We can’t wait to get started!

Environment, Science and Technology


The Arts, Sports and Culture

Health & Wellness

United States Economy, Politics, History and Civics

Global Economies, History, Politics and Culture