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Students will gather a variety of data and create a graphs to display the data.
Displaying data clearly can help you prove a point. It can also help you to discover patterns/trends in your data. Clear displays can help you see trends, make predictions, and compare ideas. Graphs help you to see the “big picture” hidden in your data.
A big part of showing data clearly is choosing which kind of graph to use. You might use a Venn Diagram to show how the students’ family pet data are related to each other. You might choose a line graph to show how a baby tiger gains weight as it grows. To compare the number of games your favorite team has won, you might select a bar graph. Only introduce one graph per day.
The most effective way to introduce young children to the concept of gathering data and transferring that data onto a graph is to start with a pictograph, and then gradually explore the many and varied kinds of graphs as new and different data are gathered. Keeping a math journal as you go is also very important to help children see their progress and review concepts.
4. Communicate mathematically.
5. Make mathematical connections.
6. Represent mathematical situations.
Invitation to Learn
Read Tiger Math. Teachers should only read aloud one page per day.
Guiding questions: What are the different kinds of graphs that were used to show the tiger’s growth? How do graphs show “the big picture?”