# Here children color stars and individually place them into a class “favorite color” graph

Subject:

Math

1

Title – Graphing Stars
By – Valerie Nickel
Primary Subject – Math

Topic:

Math – Graphing

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Math Grade 1 Standards:

1.9 Probability and statistics. The student displays data in an organized form.

The student is expected to:

(B) use organized data to construct real object graphs, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.

Objective (purpose):

• Students will be able to create a graph.
• Using the graph that they created they will be able to recognize relationships between the chart and the numbers represented.

Materials:

• Star cutouts.
• Graphing board.

Introduction:

• Teacher will call on a few students and ask them their favorite color.
• Teacher will ask students if they think all of the students in the class like the same color.
• Ask students if they know a way that we can show how many people like each color — “a graph.”

Explanation/Modeling:

• Teacher will pass out paper star outlines.
• Instruct the students to color the star their favorite color.
• When they are done have them cut out the star and write their name on the back.

Method of Explanation:

• Call students to the carpet (front of the room).
• Have all students who chose “blue” stand up and put their star in the chart.
• Go through each color and have the students put their star in vertical rows on the chart, creating a graph.
• As a class count the number of stars in each row and write the number on the board.
• Explain to the class that we can use a graph to compare numbers.

Learning Activities/Reinforcement and individual assessment:

• Example:
• Which color did the most people like?
• Which color did the least people like?
• How many more people like BLUE than GREEN?
• How many people liked PURPLE and RED (change colors to fit data collected)?

Closure:

Go over what a graph is and what other kinds of information the students could put in a graph — favorite ice cream flavors, pizza toppings, etc.

Relevancy:

• Students need to be able to collect information and create a visual of it.
• They need to be able to present data in an organized manner. This skill will help them in future classes and beyond.

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