Today, my granddaughter came home from school and said, "I want to collect some data."... and of course my heart rate increased...and I said I had an idea!
I just received the book, "Spookley the Square Pumpkin Counting and Colors" by Joe Troiano.
It isn't a deep, thoughtful book, but the reading level was just perfect for my First Grader.
I suggested that we create a chart in Word, print it out, and use tally marks to gather data about the number of pumpkins and their colors that were shown in the book.
First, let's say that First Graders can do amazing things. I set up the 2 column chart and labeled the two categories. When it came time to list the color possibilities, My First Grader used the back portion of the book to obtain the correct spelling of each color word, and type it into the chart. She needed a little help in learning about how to tab through a chart, but that's all!.
Here's what the completed chart looked like:
Next, we printed the page, and used tally marks to collect the data of the number of pumpkins in the book for each color.
Here is a link to share the chart with you:
In your classroom, this chart might be completed in a small group of 3 or 4 students working together. For those teachers using Everyday Math, it works well following Lesson 1.7 Recording Tally Counts, in the First Grade book.
It could also be used in Multigrade 1/2 Classroom as an activity during Guided Math groups.
Lastly, let me thank that First Grade Teacher that inspired my granddaughter to "collect some data." :)