Using Technology to Develop Early Graphing Skills - Math Coach's Corner

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.

Learn Alberta: The Data Bank Research Company  I LOVE this activity, because it puts graphing in a real-world setting.  The Data Bank company helps businesses who want to know more about their customers.  As you can see by the different tabs in the first picture, all the steps of data gathering and analysis are covered, from collecting the data to interpreting it.  In the organize step, students can choose either a tally chart or line plot.  The only option for graphing is a vertical bar graph, but I really like the way students have to add the labels.  Students can do this activity multiple times and the data is different each time.





NCES (National Center for Education Statistics): Create a Graph This is a great website your students can use to generate various types of graphs from their own data.


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


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