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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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