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This activity uses “Skittles” to create a tally chart, pictograph and bar graph
Title – Skittles Graphing
By – Jennifer Cook
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 3
- North Carolina Standard Course of Study Objective 4.01
- Students will create an individual tally chart, pictograph, and bar graph for their bag of Skittles candy.
- Collect, organize, analyze, and display data to solve problems.
- One bag of Skittles candy for each student
- Crayons for each student
- Copy of 1-inch graph paper or other graph paper of your choosing
- Lined paper for each student
- Give each student their bag of Skittles candy. You can purchase an individual bag for each student or you can put Skittles into baggies for them.
- Have students sort the candy into color groups.
- Then have the students create a tally chart to organize their data. I usually ask my students questions about which color they have the most of, least of, total number of candy, etc.
- As a class, review what a pictograph is. As a class come up with a way to represent the Skittles candy with a picture. We usually end up using a circle.
- Remind the students that the pictograph has a title and key. In the key, each circle represents a certain number of that candy. We usually end up using a key of each
O = 2 Skittles .
- Students then fill in their own pictograph.
- Review bar graphs with the class. Discuss putting a title and axis labels on the graph. At this time have students label these things on their graph.
- Students will color one square for each candy they have on their bar graph. I usually have them use the color of the candy for that bar.
- Discuss as a class the findings. This is a good review lesson for graphing.
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