Stage 2 – Picture/Name Graphs
After students have lots of experience graphing real objects (themselves, apples, toys, candy, fruit loops, rainbow goldfish, etc.), it is time to move to the next step– Using pictures or names instead of tangible objects. In this graph, students taste tested two apples – red and green. After the taste test, they placed a post-it note with their name on it in the column to mark their favorite apple.
With each type of graph, the most important thing is to get the students to analyze the data. I ask, “What information can we find out from this graph?” or “What do you know by looking at this graph?” Just making the graph is not enough! They need to use it to understand the data and draw conclusions. When 3, 4, and 5 years-olds get lots of hands-on practice in preschool, their transition to more formal math and graphing is much smoother!
Have fun playing, learning and graphing with your children today!
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