The following activities range from simple concepts to more difficult ones. The activities get students thinking, help them organise their responses, and finally, prompt them to create graphs to represent the data.

Practice is provided in all of these skills. The suggested activities use real-world data gathered from the students’ own experiences and this is the best approach to work within this strand. Ground it in the ‘experiential’ approach. Picture graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs and Venn diagrams are all used to collect, sort and analyse information. Every activity can stand alone, can be used as a jumping off point for entire units of study, or can be incorporated into on-going classroom routines.

The next segment looks at:

  • Activity ideas for five types of graphs: picture, bar, pie, line, and Venn diagrams
  • Five reproducible graphing templates for your convenience

The graphing activities and games below offer a wealth of learning opportunities. By using these activities, students will practice collecting data, become familiar with different types of graphs, and will increase their sorting and organisation skills. Students will analyse data and answer questions that require a variety of math skills: addition and subtraction, measurement, fractions, and patterns. They will experiment with similar problems presented in different ways to challenge and expand their mental models. And they will apply what they learn about data analysis across the curriculum, in subjects such as science, physical education, music, health, social studies, and language arts.

These activities will help make mathematics relevant to your students. It will make maths fun. It will show them how they can use classroom concepts to find out and use information about their own lives. And, last but not least, it will help build students’ confidence in their ability to solve problems, both in the classroom and in their daily lives.

Use the activities below in conjunction with their associated template.