Different Kinds of Graphs

Since the girls were so into their graphs, I decided to have us just go with it and explore graphs even more.

Our Pizza Graph Display

Our Pizza Graph Display

My goal was to expose the girls to different kinds of graphs since they were interested and to help them see that in math you can say the same thing in many different ways.

As I mentioned before, we graphed what type of pizza our family and friends like to eat.

Our pizza graph

Our pizza graph

We then turned that pictagraph into one using slices of pizza to show how many people prefer which kinds.

Pizza Pictagraph made by Zoe

Pizza Pictagraph made by Zoe

Click here for Pizza Pictagraph Labels & Slices

To help you create your own pizza graph, here are the images I used:

pepperoni pizza
cheese pizza
supreme pizza
Veggie pizza
pizza-boxes
No pizza

 

Following that we also colored in a bar graph similar to the pictagraph with pizza slices.  The girls were able to see that each graph made the same shape and gave the same basic information even though they looked a little different.

Bar graph of Pizza Preferences

Bar graph of Pizza Preferences

 

Of course we had to make pie graph when talking about pizza.  I cut large pizza images into slices and we assembled the slices to make a pizza pie graph showing the different preferences with pizza slices.  To make the slices all fit together, I actually used powerpoint to “slice” the different kinds of pizza into the same size slices (We surveyed 28 people so each pizza–cheese, pepperoni, supreme, etc–was divided into 28 equal sections.)

Pizza Pie Chart made by Mia

Pizza Pie Chart made by Mia

Click here to see how I divided the pizzas into slices

We didn’t do quite as much with the graph we made about what people loved as a baby.

Our Original Lovey Graph

Our Original Lovey Graph

We translated our big graph with people’s pictures into a smaller pictagraph using heart shapes.  I tried to get the girls to make their graph horizontally but they were not going for that.  I did make sheets of hearts, both blank to be colored (like we used) as well as hearts of various colors to use.

 

Heart Pictagraph showing which comfort items people had as a baby

Heart Pictagraph showing which comfort items people had as a baby

Before they colored it in

Before they colored it in

 

Click here for sheets of heart shapes

Click here for Comfort Item Survey Labels

I probably wouldn’t have introduced so much graphing so early but since the girls were excited, I was happy to follow their passions.  And I think the idea that the same idea can be expressed in different ways is a great take away that will help them as they move forward in math.

 

 

 

Graphing Fun

Who knew graphing could be so much fun?  Once we started it was hard to get the girls to stop!

The graph that started it all...

The graph that started it all…

Our math program had the girls graph the hair color of family members (we are using Saxon Math kindergarten this year which has worked well since it has limited writing but big concepts).  When we finished Mia asked if we could graph people’s pizza.  I don’t know where the idea came from but it started us on quite a graphing kick.

Our first question was “What is your favorite pizza?”  The girls came up with the choices: cheese, pepperoni, meat & vegetables (Supreme), vegetarian, every pizza (Mia’s pick), and no pizza.

Our pizza graph

Our pizza graph

Click here for our pizza graph labels

To make our graphs we used the profile pictures from our family magnets and sheets of paper taped together (yes, posterboard would work but I’m trying to be more frugal).

Then the girls Skyped with family and friends and asked them their question to graph their responses.

After working on our pizza pictagraph, Zoe wanted to come up with her own question.  Since she loves her lovey, she asked “What was your favorite comfort item when you were a baby?”  Her choices were: lovey, blanket, teddy bear, stuffed animal, doll, or nothing.

Not to be left out, the lovey survey

Not to be left out, the lovey survey

Here are the labels from our Lovey Survey

What I love about this is that the kiddos were making up the questions and then investigating and reporting the results.  They were practicing so many skills!  It was also a great way to connect with family and friends and include them in our learning.

Our graphing madness

Our graphing madness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter T

Last week we focused on the letter T.  We were going to do this around Thanksgiving but the holidays took over.  But we did it now and the girls had a lot of fun.  They especially loved the Twister game.

T is for Toothpicks

P1010906 For starters we filled in our upper- and lower-case T template with toothpicks.  The girls also made Ts with the toothpicks and you could certainly have the kiddos try to make different shapes and pictures with them.  This also went great with our next toothpick activity.

T template

Graphing ToothpicksP1010381

Since T is for toothpicks we practiced our math skills by sorting, counting, and graphing colored toothpicks.  I used yarn circles (a piece of yarn tied in a loop) to help us separate out the colors.  For each circle then we would count the toothpicks and then color the number of squares on the graph.  I’ll be honest, this took quite a few tries before the girls got the hang of it.  My advice is to start with a relatively small amount of toothpicks, especially if it’s your first time graphing.

P1010905Counting Toothpicks Graph Worksheet

T Twister

P1010838Twister alone is a great T activity but I went ahead and made it more T-focused for us.  I replaced the colored dots with turtles, telescopes, trains, and turkeys.  It also made the game easier for the kiddos to play and with the template you don’t need the actual game to play–you can just tape the pieces to a sheet or the floor.

T Twister

Print out as many copies of the images as you need to make the game board.  Because the girls are small, I folded down the top part so that there were only four rows.  I also mixed up the images instead of following the straight lines of the traditional game board.  This made it easier for the girls to reach the different pictures because there was no way the girls could reach all the way from one side of the board to the other.P1010840

Then print out the page for the spinner.  Cut out the pictures small and tape them to the spinner.  I recommend for both this and the board to use masking tape or painters tape so that it doesn’t stick permanently and ruin your game.

Tricky Turkey

P1010909The girls have really enjoyed the puppets and story cards we have used from Alphabet Stories: Puppets and Pictures that Teach Letter Recognition. We also used the songs and games from the rest of the series of books.

Tricky Turkey Materials

T Book

The girls enjoyed their B book so much that I’ve decided we’ll make one every time we do a letter.  Real photographs are a big hit so we used a combination of pictures we took around the house, activities we’ve done, and ones from special events.  Some of the words in our T book included: tree, tie, turtle, telescope, tricycle, table, and towers.P1010910 touched up
This is the page Mia chose to share with you!

This is the page Mia chose to share with you!

 The Twist and Other T Activities

One of the girls’ favorite T activities was dancing the Twist.  I played songs such as “The Twist,” “Twisting the Night Away,” and “Twist and Shout.”  They loved it!  And now dancing to oldies has become quite the time at our house.

I also tried to have some T meals when we were doing a lot of our activities such as tacos and taquitos.

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We also used our magnetic pom poms on the T worksheet for dauber dots.  What I especially like is that the girls make up stories about the picture and the letter while putting the pom poms on it.  This time they talked all about their treasure.

Dot printable

 

We also do some letter worksheets.  Sometimes we do these together and other times I just put them out for the girls to color if they feel like it.

T printable

 

 

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