Use egg cartons or ice cube trays for making concrete
graphs of sorted groups of small objects, such as buttons or shells.
Keep a graph to record the number of books by various
authors read at circle time. Use the graph to identify favorite or frequently
Record the weather daily on a calendar, using symbols.
At the end of the month (or two-week period), use the recorded information
to make a picture graph of the weather.
Create a chart on large grid paper with each child’s name
on it. Each time a child serves as a class helper, he or she colors
a square on the line beside his or her name. At various times, have
individual children observe and describe the chart.
Colour squares on larger grid paper to show the number
of children absent each day. Encourage the children to observe the chart
over a period of time. Ask, “How many are usually absent? What is the most
that have been absent on a day? Are there any days when no children were
Have the children make a display to show the number of
visitors the class gets per day over a period of time. Discuss the number
of visitors and the reasons for a large number or none on certain days.
Place a clothespin graph in an accessible place. Provide
a question on a removable card that the children can respond to by placing
a clothespin on the “yes” or “no” side of the graph; for example, “Are
you tired?” “Do you like T-ball?” “Did you wash your hands?”
From: Interactions, Grade Primary, Unit 2: Making Sense of Data, p. 68-69