Siblings Graph

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

A couple weeks ago, I shared a Halloween themed graph that I used with my 3rd/5th grade peer tutor kiddos.  I have since decided to do biweekly graphs with them.  We brainstormed ideas for the graphs, so the graphs will be more meaningful to them.

Students need to see a variety of graph types, horizontal and vertical, single and double bar, etc., so this week I made the graph horizontal.  The other thing that will make this graph challenging is that the labels on both axes (pronounced “AXE-ease) are numbers.  Notice that?  That always makes it tricky.

We have a color plotter, so I printed this poster size and the kiddos will write their name in a box to record their response.  You could also use it with an interactive white board.  After we create the graph, the next step, of course, it to answer questions about the data.  My 5th grade tutors make up the questions for the 3rd grade tutees.

Grab the graph here.  Enjoy!


  1. Adina

    This looks great! Do you have an editable file? Many of my students come from big families, and I would love to use this graph with them but edit it so that it goes up to 6 and then more than 6.

    • Donna Boucher

      No, I’m sorry but I don’t have an editable file.


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