In second grade, graphing is a math unit we get to later in the school year. I’ve chosen to use two Wonders of the Day as a way to introduce, give students a foundation of data collection and graphing, and as a natural tie-in to our morning use of Wonderopolis. The first Wonder of the Day we collected data and made a graph with was, Wonder #705 What’s Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal? The second, we visited past Wonder #474 Which Dessert Takes the Cake?
In addition to the students usual morning routine, they got a post note and wrote and/or drew their favorite cereal or dessert. As they came up to the floor to go over the Wonder, we created a graph together, including choosing categories and the title. We also reviewed the data and the graph together. Orally, I asked questions about the graph. Questions I asked included, which category had the fewest/greatest, how many more certain categories had than others, and if we added two categories together how much would we have. Later in the year, I may have students write observations in their math journals.
Other Wonders that I may use as the year progresses to help with graphing skills are: