So I started this discussion with my kids by showing this video:
We talked extensively about how numbers and data without context is sterile and not accessible to most people, but that people are naturally drawn to stories. Using data to tell a story is very compelling, as the video illustrates. I used a couple of other TED talk videos, and we also studied in depth the subreddit known as Data is Beautiful which offers interesting visualizations and open data sets. This was well placed after the Search lessons because I was able to leverage that into teaching kids how to find data sets so they could create their own visualizations for topics they are interested in. I am luring kids in with sports data, that is a big draw for both genders. I made this assignment a two week project. Kids are using open data sets they find to create infographics based on the data they find which will then be posted all around the school. If anyone likes this idea, I am doing it all in google classroom and can provide links, worksheets, etc.