KinderGals: Graphing with the Student Calendar Notebook

## Tuesday, March 13, 2012

### Graphing with the Student Calendar Notebook

Do you do a daily calendar with your kids? Hands down it is the easiest way to spiral standards and review previous learning! I have written several posts about using The Student Calendar Notebook. I've put links to those posts below.  In this post I will share the various graphing/data collecting opportunities during Calendar time.
Weather Graph
Each child has the monthly weather graph in their Student Calendar Notebook.  Each day, we observe the weather and record it on the picture graph.  Instead of waiting until the end of the month, each Friday we discuss the weather data collected for the month.  This is a great way to show how data can change over the course of time.
At the end of each month we write the analysis of the weather for the month. (This picture is from our first edition. We have since updated the unit and the graph looks like the one in the first image.)
We created a list of deeper thinking questions that we could use to lead our discussion both during the month and at the end of the month. We made a flip book for the calendar questions. As we discussed the various parts of the calendar, we could use these questions to be sure we were challenging their thinking.
Lost Tooth Graph
Another graphing opportunity is the Lost Tooth Graph. As the children lose a tooth, we record their name in the corresponding month.  While the weather graph collects data for a month before beginning a new graph, the lost tooth graph continues to collect data throughout the year.

Love how my friend Kathleen displays the graph on her smart board. (This is also from our first edition.)
Here are the questions we used to guide our discussion on the lost tooth graph.
Birthday Graph
Each child has a monthly birthday grid in their student calendar notebook.  At the beginning of each month we add the names of the children who celebrate their birthday that month. We can compare the data of the current month to the past month.
This is our older version of the birthday graph.
Here are the questions that we used to help guide our discussion.  In our unit, we have written detailed descriptions for each part of the calendar. This ensures that we are getting the most from each part of the calendar. By having these various graphing opportunities, standards can spiral as we develop number sense and mature as mathematicians. The brain would rather see the same thing 20 times for 1 minute than one time for 20 minutes. Perfect! That is just what this calendar provides!

If you want to read more about the other parts of the calendar, here are a few more posts.
These ideas are from The Student Calendar Notebook.

Peace Love Kindergarten said...

We use your calendar notebooks. They are awesome!

Freckleteacher said...

I love your calendar notebooks and so do my students! It has transformed my calendar time. It takes a bit longer, but the students are learning so much more! I do wish that the March calendar had an icon for windy since it is March and can be windy here. I really like the analysis piece too!

Gretchen said...

We end our day with our Calendar Binders. My kids get so mad when we miss a day! Thanks so much for bringing so much learning & fun back to calendar time!!

Brittanywnzw said...

I love your calendar notebooks and so do my students! It has transformed my calendar time. It takes a bit longer, but the students are learning so much more! I do wish that the March calendar had an icon for windy since it is March and can be windy here. I really like the analysis piece too!

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