We have identified graphing as a focus for math this year at our school. We want to provide the kiddos at every grade level a variety of experiences throughout the year creating and interpreting graphs, and we want to make connections between graphing skills and other math concepts. One way we are doing this is through quick surveys in our classes. Below you see two examples of ways our creative teachers are taking this idea and running with it.
One of our 3rd grade teachers wanted a SMART board file she could use daily with the kiddos, so I came up with this for her. There are pink rectangles for the girls and blue for the boys. Clone or delete the rectangles to fit your class size. Edit the text in the rectangles to add your kids’ names. The title and column labels can be edited each day to change it up for the day’s survey question. They are locked items, so you need to unlock them to edit them. Then you probably want to lock them back so they don’t move around as the kiddos interact with the graph. As kids come in, they simply slide the rectangle with their name to indicate their response to the question. For tips on how to frame the discussion about the graph, check out this blog post. Click on the picture to grab the SMART Notebook file.
|This is a SMART Notebook file, so there will be no Google Docs preview when you click on the picture. You’ll need to download the file to use it.|