Students will create a class graph charting their favorite season.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Kindergarten - Content
Standard 3 Objective 1
Investigate changes in the seasons.
One per class:
- chart with circle graph
- markers for recording on chart
One per child:
- die-cut boy or girl shape 2x4” white paper
- tape or glue stick
My Favorite Time of Year by Susan Person
Background For Teachers:
There are four seasons. They are winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Seasons change in an ongoing and repeating pattern. The seasons have
general characteristics that make each one of them different. These
characteristics help us identify each season.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Intended Learning Outcomes
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written and nonverbal form.
Symbolization, observation, description, communication, data collection
Invitation to Learn
Ask the students, “What is your favorite season of the year?” Allow
them to discuss with a partner or with the whole group reasons why they particularly
like a given season.
Prior to beginning this activity the teacher should have a die-cut shape of
a boy or girl to correlate with each of the students in the class. If you do
not have access to a die-cut machine, cut pieces of paper 2 inches wide by 4
inches long to give to each student. Also, a large circle (big enough for all
of the die-cuts to fit around the outside edge of the circle) should be drawn
on the middle of a large chart paper. At the top of the paper the teacher should
write the question, “What is your favorite season of the year?”
- Show the chart to the class. Tell them that there are many ways to record
information on different kinds of charts and graphs. Today the class is going
to create a circle graph showing their favorite season.
- Give each child a die-cut (boy die-cut for a boy, girl die-cut for a girl).
Have each child write their name on the die-cut. The students may also like
to draw themselves dressed appropriately for their favorite season on the
- Begin by asking all the children who like winter best to bring their die-cut
shape to the circle graph and glue or tape them on the chart around the outside
edge of the circle.
- Continue the same procedure with the seasons spring, summer and fall until
the die cuts encircle the graph.
- Use a marker to label each of the seasons on the appropriate places on the
graph. You may also like to count out loud as a group the number of die-cuts
that represent each season and write the number by the name of the season.
- On the inner part of the circle, use four different colors of markers or
crayons to color in the wedge shape in the circle to distinctly show how much
of the circle is representative of winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Students may survey their family members by asking them the question, “What
is your favorite season of the year?” The results may be recorded on a
bar graph. After gathering the findings for the graph, the family members may
discuss with their child the number concepts found. Another option would be
to return the graph to school and allow students to compare their findings with
Ask the students, “What can you tell me about this graph?” Allow
students to share their observations with a partner or small group and then
out loud with the entire class. Some of the things they should notice include
concepts of greater than, less than, equal to, differences between a bar graph
and a circle graph, and that the circle shows how the seasons change in an ongoing
and repeating pattern.
If a particular child shares an idea that shows significant understanding in
a certain concept you may wish to record this on a sticky note and include it
in the student’s progress file.
As a class you may like to do further follow-up by reading aloud My Favorite
Time of Year by Susan Pearson and discussing the different activities people
are involved in throughout the different seasons.
Created Date :
Aug 06 2003 15:41 PM