We started our week by making the graphing anchor chart from Kim Adsit's Graph It! unit. I love Kim's anchor charts! They really help to give my students a visual both throughout our unit of study and as we move on, but continue to use what we learned. With each graph we have worked through the steps for how to make a graph and I constantly refer to the chart as a reminder to my students.
This is a great nonfiction text for introducing graphing.
To start the week, I posed the question how many blocks do you have of each color. Students collected data by sorting the blocks by color. Then they constructed graphs using the blocks. I walked around and had each table analyze their graph by asking questions such as how many red do you have or which color do you have the most of? etc.
Moving forward we continued using real objects, but added a grid for constructing the graph. Students worked on their own here to sort tiles by color, create a graph, and analyze their graph with a partner.
We did the same activity using colored bear counters.
For this lesson, we worked through the graphing process as a whole class. We posed the question "Do you you want chocolate milk or white milk with your cookies?" Then we collected the data by asking each student the question and recording their answer.
We had cookies and milk. There was lots of cookie dunking going on!
We created our graph using our milk cartons. Then we analyzed our graph by asking ourselves lots of questions about it to see what we could learn from it.
We recorded our findings.
Today we are creating a real object graph, then transferring the information to a picture format to make it a pictorial graph. We are going to finish the week with some of the graphs and recording sheets from Kim's unit.