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This is a bar graph lesson for “Smarties”
Title – How “Smart” Are You?
By – Paula Hollifield
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 4
- Collect, organize, analyze, and display data (including line graphs and bar graphs) to solve problems.
- Students will organize and graph data into a bar graph using “Smarties” candy.
- This activity could be extended to include Mode, Median, and Range, Fractions, and Probability.
- One roll of “Smarties” candy for each child
- One inch graph paper
- Discuss/review definition of data and graphing. We will decide the best type of graph to use for our data.
( Bar graph first .)
- Give each student one roll of candy.
- Have the children sort the candy by color.
( Most will do this automatically .)
- Discuss the importance of the graph title, horizontal and vertical axis titles. Ask the children “Why would we use this information on the graph?”
- Label each of these parts on the graph paper. Give the graph a title. Also decide what information needs to be included on the horizontal and vertical axis.
- Each color in the candy pack should have a column.
( White, pink, orange, green, and yellow .)
- Decide what numbers should go along the side of the graph.
- Discuss a way to represent each color on the graph. Students will color one square for each candy and its color. ( For example, if a student has three green Smarties, that student will color three green squares .)
- Have children predict the color most often found.
- Students will color one square for each candy to create their bar graph.
- As a conclusion, discuss the class findings.
- What color was found most often,
- did they predict the color correctly, and
- the importance of using graphs.
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