Charts and Graphs for Learning
Let's Make a Graph, Mom!
We were studying the instruments of the orchestra, and my daughter had an idea to make a poll of people's favorite composers to add to her lapbook. I asked her a few questions, and she said, "Wait a minute. I know just what I want. Let me go get the book." She came back with Bart's Amazing Charts in her hands and showed me the pictures of poll results and bar graphs.Wow!
What an opportunity to use math in a real world application--living math-- and at her request! This was a teachable moment I could not pass by. Please help her learn how to make graphs by participating in the five polls below.
We've finished this project. You may vote just for fun if you'd like. For more information about our orchestra and composers unit study visit Music Lapbook.
The Book that Started This Project
My daughter read this book and was inspired to create this polling project.
Cross-Curricular Charts and Graphs
Turning graphs into mini-books
We used a variety of graphs to create the mini-books for our Music lapbook .
More Mini-Book GraphsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Printable Helps for Graphing
Graph paper is perfect for creating tidy bar graphs, and fortunately, there are many options for free printable graph paper online. Download a few and be ready for your next graphing experience.
- Print Free Graph Paper
You can choose the type of paper, the size, and the measurement of the units in this fully customizable and FREE tool. Your graph paper will be output in PDF format.
- Incompetech Free Graph Paper
Another sophisticated online tool for creating customized graph paper for your particular need.
These are all very cool sites for creating an attractive, full-color graph with the data you enter.
Make a Graph Online
- Create a Graph By National Center for Education
With this online, free software, you simply enter your data and select your preferences (everything from font to color to effects). Then you are given an image that you can email, print, or even save in a variety of file formats! Very nice!
It is much simpler to use, but then again it doesn't have as many options. You can print your graph from the screen, but you can't save the image.
- Illuminations: Graphing Activities
Choose from circle graphs, bar graphs, vertex-edge graph, and square graphs.
Quickly create bar charts, line charts or pie charts. Simply paste your data in the chart data area and hit the create chart button.
Maps, Charts, Graphs & Diagrams - Teacher Created Materials
Charts and Graphs Ideas - from other homeschooling moms
- Graphing Posts at Our Journey Westward
After reading this blog, you'll have some great inspiration for using household objects for making 3D charts and graphs! Cindy finds graphing project for every season too.
- Graphing Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
This article has some fantastic ideas for introducing very young children to graphs.
- Charts & Tables by Dinah Zike
Dinah Zike suggests using folded paper to make a chart or graph! Brilliant and easy!
- Valentine's Heart Math
Candy and math -- a great combination. Try this lesson, and your kids are sure to rave about math!
- Using M&Ms to Graph with your Preschooler
This post includes both photos and a dialogue between the mom and the child.
- Laundry Graphing
This is one smart mom! She folded laundry while her children graphed the types of clothing.
- Graphing Family Style
A blog post from Heather at Blog She Wrote sharing how she incorporated graphing into their math curriculum.
- Pop-up Bar Graph
Look at this example of how you can make a 3D bar graph with paper. Very neat!