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!
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.
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!
Next Article: Pet Resources and Add to the Link Up
- Pets Part 1: How to Promote Writing with Pet Poster Reports
- Pets Part 2: 3 Ways to Promote Reading in a Pets Unit
- Pets Part 3: How to Write a Chapter Book on Pets with Your Students
- Pets Part 5: Pet Resources and Add to the Link Up
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