I came up with a plan. Here are some things that we have done to help our children grasp the concept of graphing.
Data Graphing CenterFirst of all, we have a data center in our math rotation every week. The kids love this center. They are able to move around the room and talk to their friends. What 5 year old doesn't like that?! These are preference graphs.
Next, they make a graph to represent their tally marks.
Graphing Anchor ChartI also want my kids to be able to create a graph from the beginning. They are doing pretty well when I give them a graph. They are able to collect and analyze the data. But, I wanted them to be able to generate their own questions and know the steps to take from there. To help with that, I decided that we needed an anchor chart. This becomes more about the process of graphing. This will enable cross over. The goal is for children to read a story problem and say, "If I make a graph, I can figure this out."
- I copied all of the piece and glued them to a piece of poster board.
- I laminated the board and trimmed it up.
- When using the chart, I cover everything expect for the title with a piece of bulletin board paper.
- Each day, as I introduce the next step in graphing, we do the reveal.
- I lower the paper to reveal that part of the anchor chart.
- You can always write the chart as you go! Choose what works best for you and your kids.
- Does it bullet my lessons?
- Do we use it as a reference?
- Where the kids involved in the making (or revealing) of the chart?
Developing Academic VocabularyAfter several lessons and discussions about graphing, we are ready to take our understanding to a deeper level. We made a chart to do just that. We follow Marzano's thinking for academic vocabulary. The kids need to be able to give you a linguistic (using words) and a nonlinguistic (illustration) representation of that word. I couldn't find a picture of the graphing chart, but it looks like this just except with information about graphing instead of characters.