Use this graphing unit to develop students' math skills as they discover the characteristics that make them unique and the traits they share with classmates.
There are several books about birthdays, graphing and the importance of following directions that provide your students with skills they need to understand make the use of graphs relevant to them.
Miss Nelson Is Missing
by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall
Picture Graph: "Who was your teacher last year?"
Activity: Students can draw the face of their previous teacher and their name on an index card. Extend the lesson by having students write a letter to their kindergarten teacher.
My Crayons Talk
by Patricia Hubbard, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Pie Graph: "What is your favorite color?"
Activity: Students can color in a "pie sliver" with their favorite color. The teacher creates the pie graph slivers depending on how many students are in the class. Extend the lesson by having students write a list of objects that are red, orange, yellow, etc. A class book can also be created.
Froggy Goes to the Doctor
by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Tally Marks or T Graph: "Have you ever had a shot?"
Activity: Record student responses to the question on the chart. Extend the lesson by having students write about a time they had to get a shot. Students usually have a lot to say when they are writing about a strong emotional event!
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth
by Lucy Bate, illustrated by Diane deGroat
Bar Graph: "Have you ever lost a tooth?"
Activity: Students can draw a tooth on an index card and add a happy face on it for "yes" and a sad face for "no". Extend the lesson by having students write about what happened on the day they lost their tooth.
Harriet and the Roller Coaster
by Nancy L. Carson
Tally Marks or T Graph: "Have you ever ridden a roller coaster?"
Activity: Tally the results of the students responses. Extend the lesson by having students write about a visit to a fair or amusement park.
Glasses, Who Needs 'Em
by Lane Smith
Bar Graph "Do you wear glasses or not?"
Activity: Students can draw a picture of their face on an index card. Extend the lesson by taking a digital photo of each student wearing crazy glasses. Glue the photo on a page and have students use their imagination to write about the things they see with their crazy glasses and add illustrations around their photo.
Whistle For Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
T Graph: "Can you whistle?"
Activity: Students can demonstrate their whistles (or lack of) and write their name under the correct column.