This week, we concluded our unit on graphing and I wanted to do a quick, yet fun way to review the parts of a graph, translating data gathered into charts, as well as reading their data in various ways.  To do this, I created a fun freebie to share with you!

My kids started this activity by creating their own survey.  I gave them four topics to choose from {favorite subject, treat, season, or animal}.  From there, they were able to pick four options for their classmates to choose from.  After their choices were made, I had all of my students lay their frequency tables out on their desk and we responded to each survey in a similar fashion to scoot.

Since I have twenty students in my class, this number worked out PERFECTLY!  In the other fifth grade classroom, which I also teach math to, there are only seventeen kids.  My cadet teachers and I participated in order to keep twenty participants.

Once the students returned to their own desk, we started to chart our data.  They first used a line plot and answered a simple question about their data.

Next, they used the same data to create a bar graph.  My students often take short cuts and I wanted them to really focus on writing intervals that fit their data, using labels, and giving their chart a title.

And last but not least, is the circle graph!  Now, if you are reading this post closely, you noticed that I had them collect twenty pieces of data for a reason.  This was EXTREMELY helpful and I planned it in that way for this particular chart.  My kids were having a difficult time understanding how percentages and fractions were relating to the circle graph.  By using simple numbers, they weren’t focused on difficult fractions and percents, but rather making sure that their data was represented as accurately as possible.

And last but not least, they created a cover to allow us to assemble our pages and create a book displaying all of our data.