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Tally(Wo)Man

Your child will take a survey by polling family members.

What You Need:

  • Paper and pencil

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. Talk about some of your child's “favorites,” like favorite things to do, favorite places to go, or favorite cereals or desserts.
  2. It's fun to find out other people's favorites. Explain that your child can take a survey to find out what things people like best.
  3. Help the child decide on a survey question such as, “What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?”
  4. Set up a tally chart for collecting responses to the question. For example, in the tally chart below, one child listed some favorite activities for respondents to choose from.
    Favorite Weekend Activities
    Activity Tally Number
    See movies    
    Play sports    
    Watch TV    

    Explain how to make one tally mark for each response and then how to cross four marks with a diagonal mark to indicate a fifth response.

  5. Have the child ask the survey question of each member of the family, making a tally mark for each.
  6. Suggest that your child continue the survey by asking the question of neighbors and friends.
  7. Finally, help the child tally the tallies by counting each number of tally marks (counting first by fives and then by ones) and recording the total number of tallies for each choice.

More to Do:

Talk about which choice most people liked best. Which choice did most people like least?