Beading and Graphing

By Bev Caswell, Nora Atlookan and Jisoo Seo

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Curriculum – Data Management and Probability

For students to sort, classify, and display a variety of concrete objects, collect data, begin to read and describe displays of data, and begin to explore the concept of probability in everyday contexts.


  • Beads
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pattern Beading Graph (Appendix A)
  • Markers

How to play

  • Take 10 or more beads of any colour.
  • Put the beads through the pipe cleaner.
  • Create a bar graph that corresponds to your beads


Please see the “Introduction to Graphing” lesson in the Robertson Program lesson library for more ideas on graphing in the classroom.

Language in the Activity

1 – Bezhig
2 – Niizhin
3 – Nisso
4 – Niiwin
5 – Naanan
6 – Ngodaasso
7 – Niizhaasso
8 – Nishaasso
9 – Zhaangasso
10 – Midaasso

Red – Miskwaa
Blue – Zhaawashkaa
Yellow – Ozaawaa
Pink – Bagakii-Miskwa
Green – Aniibiishi-Zhaawashkwaa
Light Purple – Zhaawashkwaa
Dark Purple – Miini-Zhaawashkwa

Student playing with beads