Editor's note: This post was originally published November 24, 2015.
The holidays are so exciting for us all, but are also very hectic with family, cooking and planning. One way I like to keep my kids busy is to have them collect data from all our family members and create different graphs to display their findings. They love having something to do and asking everyone questions.
While I am cooking or traveling long distances, the kids create questions they want to collect data on and either draw or create a data chart to help collect all their information. They can use pictures, numbers, tally marks, etc. Here are some questions to help them get started:
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day side dish? Create options
- What is the most popular Thanksgiving dessert? Create options
- Do you like gravy on your turkey? Yes/No?
- What is your favorite time to eat dinner?
- Do you like your turkey cooked or deep fried?
Once they have decided on their question, they begin to collect their data. This is the fun part — going around and asking all their family members.
When all the data is collected and they are ready to graph their information they need to decide on a type of graph. They can use a pictograph, bar graph, double bar graph, line plot, circle graph, line graph, etc. Children can decide if they want to draw and create their own graph or make it on the computer. Here are some helpful sites to either print out graphs or make online:
- Kids’ Zone: Create a Graph
- Math is Fun: Make your own Graphs
- Math-Aids: Graph Paper
- ABC Teach: Graphing
- Teacher Vision: Popular Graphs and Charts
When the data is collected and the graph completed, each child can now present their findings to the family in a fun and creative way! Here are a few great math Thanksgiving Day picture books to enjoy with your children:
Have lots of fun with this Thanksgiving Day graph!