It's that time again! I'm linking up with the fabulous Jasmine McClain for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop. This month I really think you oughta know about the importance of graphing in the primary classroom.
Do you make graphs with your students? Of course you do, who doesn't? But do you know why it is important and what experiences your students should have to get the most out of graphing activities?
1. Graphs can engage students and create enthusiasm for math.
2. Graphs can be integrated into any subject, showing students the real world application and purpose for learning math concepts.
3. Graphs give students the opportunity to represent, compare and discuss mathematical relationships and concepts in new ways.
- Collecting information
- Tallying information
- Counting data points
- Surveying peers or others
- Sorting objects
- Making graphs with real objects
- Making picture graphs
- Reading graphs
- Making observations from a graph
- Comparing results with a friend
- Asking questions about a graph
Snacks are another one of my favorite items to graph with students. I used to love sorting my snacks into groups as a child and kindergarteners seem to do this naturally during snack time in my class anyways. So why not take advantage of this opportunity and have students create a graph and make observations about their data.
- Which item has most/least?
- Which item has more/less than ___?
- Which items have the same?
- How many items were there in all?
- How many more ___ than ___?
When students create their own graphs based on different sets of data I also like to have them compare their graphs. For example when students graph a snack, they will likely end up with very different results, leading them to ask different types of questions.
- What did you have the most of? How is that different from your friend?
- Why do we have different data?
- Are there any patterns we see across multiple graphs?
And here are the links to my favorite graphing resources: