One Sunflower


on November 1, 2011

A few weeks ago I included a graph as part of our check-in activities.  I am having a blast choosing a question and the experience is generating a lot of oral language and math practice.

When the children come in from breakfast, they do a fine motor exercise at their table and transition themselves to circle-time by turning in their work and picking up their magnetized nametag to place on a graph I’ve drawn on the white board.

I began two weeks ago with simple questions: boy or girl? slide or swings? favorite colors?  Then I plugged in questions about the weather and apples, typical autumn themes. Last week we had some questions about food and the types of faces we like to see on pumpkins.

It has been fun to think of relevant questions and build on skills each day.  Currently we are working on identifying the question the graph is answering, reading each person’s name, practicing counting with our eyes and making the amounts with our fingers. I choose students to write the numbers and help them summarize the results.

It is truly an amazing amount of math every day that the kids have begun to look forward to and ask about – before they leave the cafeteria!  It is interactive, and takes all of two minutes.  Even those with the attention span of a flea participate!


3 responses to “a-graph-a-day

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I have lifted the level a bit, but used to do some of this even for middle schoolers! What a great way to sneak in graphing attributes with the little ones. It looks like fun, but you are slowly, slowly building their skills.

  2. elsie says:

    I don’t suppose anyone else asks their opinion or allows them to make a decision. What a great opportunity for them to process information.

  3. Tara says:

    This is great…making math (and thinking) visible. I can just imagine those little faces checking out to board for their new questions!

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