Updated Animals We See Outside Graphing Activity.

I recently posted a graphing activity I did with my daughters in which we marked down how many animals we saw outside and after coming back inside we went ahead and placed that data upon a graph. The first version had five types of animals one of them being bugs. I updated the original version and expanded the concept by making two charts instead of one. The first chart now has deer instead of bug as a category it looks like this…

The second chart has five different types of bugs to look for outside. It looks like this…

Before marking our data on the graph I went over what a graph looks like again with my daughter using our reference graph that I had laminated previously. It looks like this…

I laminated and used dry erase markers to reuse again later.
I laminated and used dry erase markers to reuse again later.
Simple math.

I used math link cubes and a dry erase board to do a simple math problem with the data we found. My daughter chose orange cubes to represent butterflies because we saw an orange butterfly and that was her favorite one. She chose purple cubes to represent birds because she says some times their poop is purple. I had her count the cubes as I wrote down the numbers and we talked about how many we saw total between butterflies and birds.

After we filled out graphs with the data we collected. My youngest as she often is was right in the middle of it all trying to get her hands on everything.

Rainbow Person.

My daughter started off with the butterfly category, and decided she didn’t want to leave all the other categories blank even though we hadn’t seen the other types of bugs. She went ahead and made a rainbow person to fully decorate her graph. I also laminated the graphs because I knew we’d do this activity again and I wanted to be a little less wasteful therefore I made the activity reusable.

If you don’t own a laminator dry erase pocket sleeves are a great solution. I often use them when I want to reserve lamination sheets. Also I often use them as storage and hang them on walls. (I am a participant in the Amazon affiliates program and any qualifying purchases made through links above I may earn a commission on at no extra cost to you.)

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