Reflection: Flexibility Olympic Bar Graphs - Section 2: Whole Group Interaction


One of the things I thought of ahead of on this lesson actually helped me in more than one way. I placed the class graph in the hallway and out of the classroom for a reason.  I knew we would have a range of choices (15 different events), and I wanted a good range of answers from my students.  In the past, I have always built class graphs in the classroom and my students have only been able to pick one answer. They would turn it into a contest for who all could pick the same answer and they believed that if they could get one bar the highest and they picked that one, then they were winners. They would even change their answers while I call students up to make this happen. I did not want that to occur, so I placed the graph in the hallway and called them one at a time to the hall to give me their selections.

This activity was allowing them to pick their top 3 favorite events. By having it in the hallway it allowed them to make their own minds up and they really didn't know what their neighbors were selecting. Amazingly they didn't talk about what they were picking as they made their selections. Another way it helped to have it in the hallway was I had my entire class come to the hallway to transfer the class data onto their own graphs. When students finished ahead of others I was able to let them go back in the classroom and go to centers and allow my slower students to stay in the hallway and take their time; no rush and no noise. You can watch this video, Transfering Data Video, of my students completing their bar graphs to see it in action.

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Olympic Bar Graphs

Unit 9: Graphs, Tables, and Charts
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use a bar graph to answer how many more or less and total number of data points.

Big Idea: They are sponges and love learning about current events. I am taking advantage of this and having them build a graph of their favorite Olympic events. They will use this graph to compare and contrast data points.

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Math, Data collection / Organization / Display, bar graph, First Grade, compare data, charts, organization, pictograph, graph
  45 minutes
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