Procedure Day Three
Today we will gather information and put the data on a pie chart. (Use the provided printable) This is to illustrate to the students that data can be compiled in a variety of forms. Provide each student with a small piece of paper and ask each student to write his or her favorite color on the paper secretly, fold it and hand it to you. You may want to list eight choices on the board. Quickly sort the votes into piles of like colors. Gather the students around you and color the pie chart using the crayon with the same color as the vote. Color one section for each vote. Keep the same colors together. When completed ask:
- Looking at the pie chart, which color do you think is the most popular or well liked? Why?
- Which color is the least popular?
Why do you think this is called a pie chart?
- What other ways could we have shown the information?
Year Round Ideas:
1.Use a large monthly calendar and draw a simple symbol of the weather for each day (cloud, rain, snowman, sun) At the end of each month discuss the data on the calendar. Were there more sunny days or cloudy days? How many rainy days?
2. Graph the daily lunch count in two columns (Buying lunch or packed lunch) by using the students’ magnetic nametags. Student moves his or her nametag to the appropriate column when they enter the classroom each morning.
3. Make a graph using dowel rods, clay, a wooden block and wooden beads. (Download the illustration and directions)
4. Suggestions for daily graphing:
- students’ eye colors
- favorite sandwich
- favorite holiday
- animals sorted by fur, fins or feathers
- favorite TV show
- favorite type of pet
- favorite Dr. Seuss book
- months of students’ birthdays
- types of fall leaves
5. Tie in graphing questions to what you are studying in Social Studies, Science and Language Arts!