The teachers in my district are teaching graphing this week, so I decided to do a birthday graph in a few of their classrooms. First I read the book, Birthday Zoo, by Deborah Lee Rose. The kids loved the fun animals and rhyming text in this book. It is great for predicting whose birthday it is too.
First, we sorted ourselves by the month our birthdays are in. We did one month at a time. I asked students what month comes first. I placed the January card on the floor and the students who had a birthday in January sat behind the January card. We did this for each month. I used the graph as a point of reference when students got stuck on what month comes next or which month was written on the back of their picture.
If I was teaching this lesson again, I would have moved the lesson out of the classroom and done it in a larger space. With 12 months of the year, we were kind of cramp when we spread out on the carpet. I would also reconsider the analyzing our graph page. In some cases you could have more than one month with the most and/or least birthdays and January and February could have the same number of birthdays in them. To do this lesson again, I would look at my student's birthdays and write the analyzing the graph sheet accordingly.