Math Background

Working With Data: Tips and Tricks

  • Have students participate in a survey to find the favorite music, pet, movie, or television show for their class. Tally the results and create a classroom graph. Then, if applicable, analyze the data to find the mode and range.
  • Create a classroom display of bar graphs found in newspapers and magazines. Hold class discussions about the graphs. Challenge students to estimate the mode and/or range from the information displayed on the graph.
  • Distribute photographs or magazine pictures that show multiple items. Have students find and tally the number of people, animals, and buildings found in the photographs.
  • As an interdisciplinary activity, have students grow plants from seeds. Record the height of the plants each week for 8–12 weeks. Make a bar graph showing the heights. Have students determine the week that the plants grew fastest.
  • Have students bring to school a small box of raisins. Have them tally the number of raisins in the box. Combine results into a class bar graph. Calculate the mode and range. Then enjoy eating the raisins!

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 3