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Pet Survey

Expressing opinions and graphing data go hand in hand in this lesson on choosing a pet. Dog, cat or fish? Let your students decide! Use alone or with the lesson **Graphing a Fruit Survey.**
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Graphing a Fruit Survey lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to collect and represent data on a bar graph.

Language

Students will be able to express an opinion and create a graph that represents the preferences of their classmates, using visual and sentence frame support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students to imagine that they can choose either a dog, a cat, or a fish as a pet. If they already have one of these pets, tell them to think about their opinion of this pet. Do they prefer the pet they have, or would they rather have a different pet?
  • Display the sentence frame, "A ________ is a good pet because ________."
  • Follow a turn-and-talk protocol, and instruct students to sit knee to knee with a partner. Have students share reasons why each animal would make a good pet with a partner.
  • Call the class back together and write the three categories on the board: Cat, Fish and Dog.
  • Brainstorm with the class about possible reasons why a person might choose each pet. For example, a dog plays fetch, cats do not need to be taken for walks, and fish are fun to watch.