Graphing is one of those skills that needs to be included in instruction all year long. If you try to “cover” it in a 2-week unit, you just can’t really do it justice. I’ve rounded up a few online resources you can incorporate into your math workstations to keep graphing front and center.
Topmarks: Interpreting Data This interactive activity takes data gathering through all the steps from collecting data with tally marks, to organizing the data, to graphing it–both with a bar and pictograph. It does not, however, have the students answer questions about the graph, but you could easily have the kiddos write some. Students can choose additional questions–best subject in school, what job you want when you grow up, type of pet at home, etc.–so they can use this website multiple times.
Toy Theater: Fruit Fall This is really more of a game, but it does graph the number of each type of fruit the player catches in the basket. There is also a fishing version of this activity that features a horizontal pictograph.
If you know of other great resources, please add them in the comments!
Looking for other graphing resources? Check out Graphing Fraction Benchmarks (3-5) or Shake and Spill with Graphing (K-2).
|Graphing Fraction Benchmarks|
|Shake and Spill with Graphing|
Thanks for sharing! These are all new to me. I haven’t really ever thought about using technology to work on graphing skills but it looks like something I should be doing!
The Math Maniac
It always amazes me the quality resources available for free on the web, Tara!
These look great! My biggest challenge is I have an ipad and an apple tv. If a website uses flash, I am unable to use it in my classroom. 🙁 I will visit these sites and see if they work on the ipad. Maybe you know some great free apps that are similar? Thank you for all the math support!
Ha ha, Chaya! As I was writing this post, I thought to myself, “Hmmmm, I bet there some good apps, too.”. I’ll have to check it out. 🙂
Toytheater Fruit Fall and Fishing have been updated to html5 to work in web browsers on iPads and mobile devices as well as desktop computers
I will have to try these out with my class! Line plots are the hardest for my students so it’s good to see one that includes that type as well! Thank you sharing these resources Donna! I always get so many great ideas from your blog!
Creative Lesson Cafe
I know, Jeannine. Nice to see some programs including other types of graphs. Even seeing both horizontal and vertical bar graphs was refreshing!
These are wonderful! Have you found any that include line graphs?