Introduction to Graphing

Curriculum Goal

Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

• Describe, sort, classify, build, and compare two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures, and describe the location and movement of objects through investigation (#17).​

Context

• Students should be standing on one side of the carpet. ​
• Students should have a good understanding of sorting by characteristics and should have done “Sorting Apples” lesson, which includes making a graph.

Lesson

• Tell students you will be sorting them by characteristics and that their job is to find out what characteristics you are sorting by. ​
• Choose a characteristic (e.g. hair colour) and begin to sort children in columns. If you are sorting by hair colour, you might have three different columns – brown, blond and black. ​
• Ask children what characteristic you have sorted by. ​
• Then ask children to sit in a circle and take off their shoes. ​
• Put the shoes in a big pile. ​
• Ask, Is it easy to count the shoes when they are in a big pile? Listen to their feedback. ​
• Put the shoes in a straight line. ​
• Ask Is it easier to count the shoes when they are in a straight line? Listen for feedback. ​
• Have students sort their own shoes using different characteristics (e.g. colour, size). ​
• Children will take turns putting their own shoes in the appropriate column.

Look Fors

• Do children understand the purpose of sorting?
• Can students pick characteristics to sort by?
• Do they make any comments about the data (e.g. most people in the class have black hair)

Related Lessons

Review the components of a graph and chart the data together as a class.