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Students will create a class graph charting their favorite season.
One per class:
One per child:
My Favorite Time of Year by Susan Person
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
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?”
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 each other.
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 students 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.