Give your smart second grader a rich challenge with this activity that combines graphing practice with money. All you need to do is empty out your pockets of spare change and get graphing!
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Start off with a brief scavenger hunt. You and your child need to find as many coins as possible. Search your wallet, your back pocket and beneath couch cushions for at least a handful of change.
- Help your child draw the two axes for a graph. Explain that he is going to make a graph that will show him how many of each type of coin he has.
- For the first graph, have him sort the coins by value. Help him label the axes. The bottom should be labeled with by coin type: penny, nickel, dime and quarter. The side axis should be numbered high enough to include the totals on each type of coin.
- Help your son graph each of these totals. For example, f he has two dimes, than the dime bar needs to go all the way up to twenty. Coloring each bar can make it easier to read.
- What else can he show in a graph? Help him draw a graph by coin color – copper vs silver. Brainstorm with your child and create a third graph that shows the differences of the coins in a new way.
- Now have your son compare and contrast the graphs he has made. What do the graphs tell him? Which is the most useful?
- Have him share the information with someone else in the family so that he can practice discussing what he has learned.