Children's books can be a lot of fun to use when for teaching graphs, tallying, and data collection. Picture books get kids engaged and help them develop a deeper understanding of this math subject. When there's a story behind the graph, kids better understand WHY making graphs is so helpful! That's a component of graphing kids often miss. Kids can often put together a graph when provided with data, but some end up not really understanding WHY graphing would be any better than just looking at the raw data itself... WHY bother making a graph at all?
Books are great for that! If you don't currently love
teaching graphing (or even if you do!), try adding one of the cute children's graphing
books listed below to your math curriculum. The list below of math books for kids includes links to buy the books on
Amazon. Or, to save 50% or more on math children's books, check out our
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There are so many ways to use children's books for teaching graphs and data collection. Not just books specifically designed to teach graphs, but any old book. If you find a book where there's some variable element-- ie: "What do you think happened next after the story ended?" or "Do you think the monster was really real?" or "Would you rather be the dog or the goat?" -- turn that question into a whole group data collection and graphing activity. In our experience, the kids are surprisingly engaged these kind of activities every single time, as they become SUPER invested in their choice being the winning one!
To give you an idea of how we use regular books for teaching graphs, check out these two great kids books. Even though these books aren't necessarily written to teach this topic, they are a great graphing lesson resource that you might already have! (And let us know if you use a fun book to teach graphing in your class!)
And... there are a few graphing children's books that we haven't had a chance to read these books yet. They are part of the Math Matters early reader series. As far as we know, there are four books in this series that are about graphing:
These books are published by Kane Press. Until we get a chance to review them, you can find out more about them by visiting their website here.
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