Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Color Square Build-a-Graph - Section 3: Independent Practice


Building graphs, for the sake of building graphs, is a fun little activity, but in terms of Common Core, the questions about the graphs align graphing to Common Core.  Having the discussion about the rows of colors and the numbers they represent is critical to working with graphs.

So what happens when a kiddo shows up halfway through the year whose learning seems to be in a completely different place?  It’s tough.  Of course, the new student needs to be supported and brought “up to speed” as much as possible.  It’s no fun to be a little kindergartner and feel completely overwhelmed and out of place… not in the beginning of the year, but again at a new school!

At the same time, those questions are critical.  Then things come up like students forgetting to mark their squares or confusing their materials, and before you know it, there’s a need to be in many places, doing many things, at once.  My goal is always to get back to the questions to keep kiddos comparing numbers as much as possible.

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Color Square Build-a-Graph

Unit 5: Comparing Numbers
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use color tiles to create and interpret a graph.

Big Idea: Students use simple, class materials to build individual graphs. They use their graphs to compare numbers.

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writing numbers to match rows
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