Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Making a Tally Chart - Section 3: Guided Practice

By the end of this unit, I will expect students to use drawings or numerical data to make a tally chart and then a bar graph.  However, in this lesson I start with students using manipulatives to count and tally.  I make this choice because I want my students to understand concretely what data collection is and how it can be used to make a tally chart or a bar graph.

When I taught this lesson my students made the leap from counting and tallying manipualtives to counting and tallying objects in a drawing very easily and the practice of using manipualtives helped some of my struggling students build a more concrete understanding of what a tally chart is and what it means to gather data.

In the future, I may differentiate this guided practice and have some of my higher achieving students work either with larger numbers of items or go straight to tallying objects in a picture--this activity was a little easy for a few of my students.

Use of manipulatives to build conceptual understanding
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Use of manipulatives to build conceptual understanding

Making a Tally Chart

Unit 7: Bar Graphs
Lesson 1 of 4

Big Idea: Students build towards making their own bar graph by using data to make a tally chart.

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Math, tally table, graph, group work, bar graph
55 minutes

Caitlin Vaughan

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