In The Great Graph Contest, best
the Toad and Beezy the Lizard
see who can make the best graph and in the process, they explore (1)
collection methods like surveys and tallies, as well as (2)
methods like line graphs, bar graphs, and more.
This book is an AAAS
Science Books & Films Honor Book!
Leedy's trademark illustrations definitely keep kids' attention and are full of clearly presented graphs. Unlike most Leedy books which are too packed for read alouds, this title would work well as a read aloud or independent reading. Overall, very well done!
In a starred review, School Library Journal said, "designed to inform and entertain... An exciting and energetic math resource." And Booklist said "natural for curriculum use, this is an entertaining, easy-to-follow introduction..."
Interest Level: Grade 1-3 DRA Level: 28 Lexile: AD310L
Grade Level Equiv: 1.6 Guided Reading: L
Below are two sample spreads from inside The Great Graph Contest. Readers familiar with Loreen Leedy's titles will recognize the packed spreads (although this title has decidedly less busy spreads than her usual.)
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her website (here), author Loreen Leedy suggest
the following graphing activities to accompany her book:
a Chart Museum
The Utah Education Network website has the following lesson idea on their site:
"Read the book once through and then re-read it and after each kind of chart in the book, have a discussion about how the characters made their graphs and why they used that particular chart/ graph each time. Have a discussion about the charts and have students write in their math journals about the various graphs. Make a home assignment for students to make a creative graph with something of their choosing, then bring it to school and hold a Chart Museum where students will walk around looking at the various charts. Students could also write numerical facts about the graphs in their math journals." Source: http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=28204
This is just one of a number of math books by Loreen Leedy.
They are quite helpful to use when teaching math (although all share
the 'problem' of being hard to use as a read aloud because of all the
small details on the page.) If you teach math, you may also want to
check out her other books by clicking on the link above or the sampling
of book covers below.