There are so many math standards that we need to teach each year, that at times, my head is spinning. As you all know, I am a firm believer in the power of Calendar Math and I really try to get most of the power standards into it.
Every few years or so, I have a class in which graphing (both creating and reading them) is something that is really needed. So, in keeping with the calendar theme, I usually have them use the weather for the day as the catalyst to create the graphs.
I would ask the kids to look out the window and tell me what type of weather they were seeing. Pretty straight forward. We would then add that to the Bar Graph. As days went on, we would discuss how this graph is informing us, what we could tell from it, and how we were constructing it. Later, we would create word problems from it...but that is a different post on a different day :)
Line Graph was a temperature record. I would have one student read a thermometer we had stationed outside of our classroom and we would plot the temperature each day. This really helped the students to show the "change over time" nature of a line graph. They could then chart trends. Each month we had a different sheet, so over the course of the year, the students could see how the weather was really changing! We were also able to discuss the differences between the two types of graphs because they really did show us different things!
thermometer reading (which is something that the kids struggle with as far as increasing and decreasing temperatures) We would use the temperature information and create a thermometer reading for it as well.
OK..so there are just some of the graphing things I did during Calendar (you can click on all the links above to get the documents I used...since I am in in Southern California, we don't have snow or really crazy temperatures...so the graph numbers reflect that.)
If you have been following my Calendar posts, you know that Calendar is constantly changing. I am always taking things out and replacing them with things that are needed. So, I would add this section in when I took out the "Odd/Even" section, or the "How Many Ways".
Are you doing Calendar Math this year? What are some ways you get those power standards in?