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Fun ways to teach graphing and tallying to kindergarteners

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From: Ralph (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Dec 19, 2007 at 20:58:37
Subject: Re: Fun ways to teach graphing and tallying to kindergarteners

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for writing to T2T. It's fantastic that you focus on making your lessons hands-on for your pupils! A couple of ways to make bar graphing more interesting: 1. Use "concrete" bar graphs. For example, if you were making a bar graph of the types of shoes that pupils were wearing, each student would take off one shoe, and you would make your "graph" from the shoes themselves, so if 6 pupils were wearing sneakers, you'd have 6 sneakers on that "bar", 5 boots on that 'bar", etc. 2. Make the bars using Linking Cubes, etc. As for tallying, pupils can use popsicle sticks for tally marks, or sticks of spaghetti (uncooked! :) , etc. Hope this helps, -Ralph, for the T2T service

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