Children will exercise their graphing skills by creating, reading,
and comparing picture graphs using the total number of people in
WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
- For homework, ask each child to make a list of people in his or
her family, including extended family members such as aunts,
cousins, and grandparents, etc. Some children may wish to include
pets on their lists.
- Explain to children that they will use their completed lists in class to create a picture graph that shows the
total number of people in their families.
- Distribute blank copies of the My Family graph and multiple
copies of People cut-outs. Model making a picture graph of
your own family by cutting and pasting the appropriate cut-outs
on a chart. Then instruct children to graph their own families,
following your example. Point out that each picture cut-out is a
representation of a person or pet and is not meant to look like
their family members or pets. Allow children to modify any of the
categories and/or draw their own cut-outs if they wish.
- Have children compare the number of family members in their
original lists with the numbers on their picture graphs. They
- When they have completed their graphs, children can stand up in small
groups so others can view their graphs. Ask children
questions such as, Which family has the most people? the most
cousins? more than five males but less than ten? etc.
Combine children's individual graphs and create a large class family
member graph to display on a bulletin board. Encourage children to
decorate the graph. Then use it to have children practice number facts
with larger numbers.
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