Kindergarteners Conclude: Cats Rule, Dogs Drool
Kindergarten students have taken up a challenge to publish a “Graph of the Week” designed to inform the entire school population of their observations in topics ranging from favorite foods to pets. They roamed through the school armed with clipboards (and charm) introducing themselves then notifying teachers that they were gathering data to create graphs. What to do with all this data? First, they made predictions and discussed sorting and organizing. Eventually, they were guided to create a pictograph, the stepping stone to bar graphs. Using iPads they explored different ways to organize the results.
An amazing opportunity for discussion came about when a teacher informed them she had fish. They hadn’t asked any other teachers about fish, could they still put her fish into their graphs? “But what if Ms. McGee has 4 million fish that we didn’t know about,” exclaimed Seamus. A graph is only as good as your data set! These collaborative lessons between classroom teachers and technology are sure to produce other “a-ha” moments as we give our students over to using technology as a tool to drive their inquiry.