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Tips on Types of Graphs

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

floor graph:
shower liner
black electrical tape
black pen
yardstick
large objects for marking the graph
reusable cardboard graph:
large sheet of colored cardboard
pen
yardstick
magnetic graph:
large magnetic board
small magnets
whiteboard markers



Instructions:

To make a floor graph:
1. Spread the shower liner on the
floor.
2. Use a pen and yardstick to measure
12” x 10” rectangles on the liner,
creating three to four columns
across.
3. Tape over the pen marks, and
invite the children to use large
objects to mark the graph, such as
shoes or stuffed animals.To make a reusable cardboard graph:
1. Measure and mark three to four
vertical columns on the
cardboard.
2. Mark and divide the
columns into 2” sections,
and laminate for
durability.
3. Provide whiteboard
markers to write on the graph. These
can be wiped off easily, making the graph reusable.
To make a magnetic graph:
1. Mark a T shape on the magnetic board, and write headings on each side
of the T.
2. Give the children small magnets to mark preferences on either side.


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