Make a Family Fridge Graph
First graders are learning many new ways to represent information in visual and organized ways. First grade classrooms are filled with objects to sort, manipulate, and arrange - from building blocks, to shapes, to magnetic letters. Organizing information into a graph is a key math skill for children of this age. Pictographs and bar graphs can be used to organize all kinds of classroom information, such as how many children are absent and present, how many are buying lunch and packing lunch, or how many people are in each student's family.
But graphs don't have to be just for the classroom. With some simple materials, you can turn your refrigerator into a giant, magnetic graph. This activity is a great opportunity for your child to practice her graphing skills, while also allowing her to utilize that always-inquisitive mind she has. And what makes this graph even more engaging, is that it features some very familiar faces!
What You Need:
- Round lids from the tops of frozen orange juice containers (one for each family member)
- Adhesive magnet strips
- Pictures of family members
- Glue or tape