My kindergarten students were introduced to graphing last quarter. As often as we practice graphing, it seems many students do not easily grasp this concept. As a result, this is a concept I re-visit often throughout the year. When we graph in class, we use manipulatives to see how graphing works and what it looks like as it grows. This week, the students enjoyed playing a game to graph. They each had a cardstock graph labeled across the bottom with the numbers 1-6. They worked as a table group to help keep each other on task with the graphing. Each child at the table took turns rolling a die. Whatever number came up on the top, each child would take a teddy bear manipulative and place it on the corresponding graph bar. For instance, when a 2 came up, they would place a teddy bear on the 2 bar. With this graph, I reminded them it was important to start at the bottom and grow the graph up.This game ended when one bar of the graph was completely filled. The students could then clear their board and play the game as time allowed. This game is kept in the afternoon math center area so that students can play it again throughout the quarter.
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