Children love to talk about their pets … and the pets they would like to have! Use this enthusiasm to teach students how to take a survey and graph the results. Don’t forget to download your FREE favourite pet survey and graphing templates!

Pets Part 4

The Graphing Process

Consider using the I Do, We Do, You Do strategy when first introducing students to taking surveys and graphing results. The first time surveys are presented to students, you can conduct a survey with your students and walk them through each step of the process. Next, conduct a survey together as a class so students can practice their skills with support. Finally, let students gather data and conduct surveys on their own.

Pet Data Collection

Pet Survey Graph

Step One: Gather Data

The first step when teaching students graphing is to gather data. Data is gathered by surveying people to find out the answer to a question. In this blogpost, we are looking at pets so the survey question will be, “What is your favourite pet?” Give students a clipboard with the data collection sheet and have them visit another classroom or go outside at recess and ask at least ten students or teachers this question.

Step Two: Tally the Results

After students have gathered their data, they add up the total number of responses in each row.


Step Three: Graph the Data

Students transfer the total number of responses onto their bar graph. Remind students how to plot data on a bar graph. Encourage students to use different colours for each response to make the graphs easier to read.

Step Four: Analyze the Results

Look at the results. What pet was the most popular? … the least popular? Tell students to use the information they have gathered to answer the questions found after the graph.

Your Input Please!

Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “How do you integrate math into your pet unit of study?” Thanks!

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