This fun math activity is a great twist on traditional graphing worksheets!
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It’s Week Five in the K-2 Math Activities series with Playdough to Plato and This Reading Mama! This week our theme is Data.
Today I’m sharing a second grade activity. I don’t have a second grader at my house, but my kindergartner, first grader, and third grader all enjoyed this fun variation on the traditional graphing worksheet.
Is it just me, or are graphing worksheets usually boring? I remember that I always liked doing them in school because they were easy. But as I thought about designing a second grade graphing activity for this post, I wanted to make it different.
I created a survey/graphing activity with a fun “Would you rather?” theme.
To do the activity, print the main worksheet as many times as you’d like. Print the question cards just once. Your child can choose which question cards he wants to use and glue one on each worksheet.
My Eight and my Seven each chose four question cards, as I wanted them each to do four worksheets.
As they prepared their question sheets, I told them that they’d be surveying each member of our family and a few of the neighbors (whom I’d called beforehand).
Before they got started, I did a little modeling. I read the questions myself and had them tell me what I was doing wrong:
a. I read the questions too fast.
b. I mumbled them.
c. I put my hand in front of my mouth and then read the questions.
d. I read them while I was walking in circles.
They laughed and told me what I was doing wrong. Finally, I read a question in a clear voice to show exactly what my kids should do.
They asked the questions on each page to every member of our family who was able to answer.
Which would you rather have on your ice cream?
c. chocolate syrup
As they finished up at home, they prepared to go visit the neighbors.
Which would you rather have for a pet?
a. a goat
b. a chicken
c. a giant tortoise
Suddenly my Five wanted to participate, so we printed a few more worksheets, and he attached the remaining questions to his pages.
The kids had so much fun visiting our neighbors and asking the questions. I love how this was so much more than a math activity!
Would you rather eat
a. cooked broccoli
b. cooked spinach
c. cooked cabbage
When they returned home, my Eight sat down to answer all the graphing questions. The questions are the same on each page, but the answers will vary depending on the graph.
Would you rather only be able to
c. say everything in a duck voice
How to use this activity
- If you’re doing it at home, have your child ask the questions of immediate family members and close neighbors. Your kids can even call Grandma and Grandpa!
- In the classroom, provide each child with a graph. Give them the opportunity to ask the questions of their classmates. You might want to print a list of their classmates so they can cross off each person’s name as they’ve surveyed them.
This activity was a huge hit at our house! We hope you like it too!