Thursday, March 21, 2013

Making Graphing Practice FUN!

We had such a blast in math today! This week, we've been reviewing the different types of graphs and charts- tally charts, bar graphs, picture graphs, and line plots. I wanted to do something fun with my students today because each day this week we've been reviewing a different type of graph and it hasn't been all that exciting. To wrap up what we learned about graphs, we went on a scavenger hunt today around the school for different items. I told them that the custodians wanted to collect some safety data about our school and that we needed to help them out. We needed to find how many fire extinguishers, fire alarms, exit signs, and cameras there were in the hallways. So we grabbed our charts and pencils and headed into the hallway. The kids had so much fun looking for these items around the school. Each time we found an item, we marked it on the tally chart at the top of the page.

When we returned to the classroom, the kids took the data that we collected and turned it into a picture graph and a bar graph. They came up with their own symbol for the picture graph and decided what the scale would be on the bar graph. I left the graphs pretty basic so that they could fill in the title, scale/key, labels, etc. on their own.

I LOVE to see the kids get so excited about math! If you'd like to download a free copy of this activity, just click {here}. I hope your students enjoy this activity as much as mine did! Enjoy! =)


  1. I love taking my class on field trips like this. :) I'll certainly be tucking this activity away.

    Miss Wilson


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