Okay, engaging in a graphing activity may sound ho-hum, but if you use fun data, it changes the picture entirely. Combining an analytical activity, like graphing, with real world experiences shows your child that math is all around him. Graphing shows him a method of organizing and displaying the data he has collected. Using tally marks to record data is a fun way of keeping count. These skills will help your child master advanced graphing in the middle school as well as in high school.
So take advantage of the fresh air outdoors and your child's energy level, and start pitching, hitting, and graphing!
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Have your child take a few practice swings and then start pitching the ball to him. Pitch the ball 10 times. Record the number of hits using tally marks.
- Now it's your turn. Have your child pitch the ball to you. Ask him to record the number of hits using tally marks.
- Help your child construct a bar graph to show the results. On the x-axis, the horizontal line, label each of your names. On the y-axis, the vertical line, show numbers 0 through 10.
- Using the data, the number of hits, have your child fill in the graph. Have him draw a bar showing the total number of hits for each player.
- Compare the ways of showing data with your child. Ask your child if it is easier to see who had the most hits by looking at the bar graph or by looking at the tally marks. Discuss with him other ways to show data, such as comparing numbers or using a picture graph. Ask him which method he prefers.
Sally is an experienced educator, with over 14 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching, she has also created educational materials, including ancillary, textbook, and test items, for Grades K-8 for major educational publishers.