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Here children color stars and individually place them into a class “favorite color” graph
Title – Graphing Stars
By – Valerie Nickel
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1
- 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.
- 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.
- Star cutouts.
- Graphing board.
- 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.”
- 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:
- Ask students questions about the numbers of stars.
- 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)?
- 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.
- 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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