I hope all you teachers out there are enjoying your summers! I took a little break from schoolwork and blogging the last couple of weeks but am glad to be back blogging. I woke up this morning excited to start planning and creating for next school year, so I guess my break is over! :)
I don’t know about you, but if a lesson involves food, my students are instantly excited and engaged. This past year my students had a blast graphing how many of each color they had in a bag of Skittles. After they created their graphs, they wrote a math journal entry sharing their results. Rather than giving the students a fun size bag of Skittles, which would also work, I placed Skittles in plastic bags instead. This allowed me to make sure there were a greater number of one color, a lesser number of another color, the same amount of two colors, etc. This ensured that each student had interesting observations to share in their math journal entry.
Click on the pictures below for your free copy of the Graph the Rainbow bar graph and journal sheets. I included two different bar graphs. The first bar graph includes all the labels for younger students, and the second bar graph does not include the labels. This allows students to write their own labels, which would be great for older students.
What are some items you have your students graph?