To teach graphing in kindergarten you need to be prepared to give your students lots of practice. Use a variety of materials, different activities, and a mix of direct instruction and independent practice. We incorporate graphing throughout the school year so that students can get comfortable asking questions and gathering data.
For students to understand graphing, we give them different opportunities to use this skill. We usually start by doing a graph as a large group exercise so we can discuss what a graph looks like, and how to make one. Then we will give them different activities for them to try out.
Here is an activity pack I made so that students can have a variety of ways to practice making a graph:
Roll and Graph
This is always a favorite for our students, they love rolling and graphing. It is easy for them to collect their data by recording it after each roll, and it keeps them engaged.
There are two different ways that you can make the dice for these activities: use the dice templates to fold and make your own dice, or you can put the cards in pocket dice. It also comes with B&W versions or color copies for each of the 3 Roll and Graph activities.
Spin and Graph
This interactive graphing activity is fun for students to do since they get to spin to collect their data. You can use the color version or B&W versions.
Color and Graph
Do your students love to color like ours? Then this is a perfect way for them to practice graphing. Students color each of the images, then graph the number of each picture.
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