Create a graph to show the holidays that account for the highest greeting-card sales.
graph, pie chart, bar graph, greeting cards, statistics, holidays
Valentine's Day cards are the second most popular seasonal cards to send. In this activity, students will use a free technology tool to create a simple circle or bar graph that illustrates the most popular seasonal cards.
Note: The greeting card industry divides greeting cards into two categories.According to greeting-card industry officials, seasonal card sales break down in this way:
- "Everyday cards" are cards that people might have reason to send on any/every day of the year. Cards such as birthday cards fall into this category. Also anniversary, get well, friendship, and sympathy cards.
- "Seasonal cards" are cards that are sent only at specific times of the year. Christmas cards, Valentine cards, Hanukkah cards -- they all fall into this category.
Christmas cards -- 60%Introduce students to the easy-to-use and free Create a Graph tool. Walk them through the simple process of creating a bar graph of those statistics. Then invite students to help you as you create a pie chart that shows that same data. The process is so easy that they should be feeling comfortable with it in no time. So give them some more greeting card stats and let them create another bar graph or pie chart on their own to illustrate the following statistics for sales of "every day" greeting cards.
Valentine's Day cards -- 25%
Mother's Day cards -- 4%
Easter cards -- 3%
Father's Day cards -- 3% Other seasonal cards -- 5%
Birthday cards -- 60%Students might create this new chart/graph in the classroom computer center or in the school's computer lab.
Anniversary cards -- 8%
Get Well cards -- 7%
Friendship cards -- 6%
Sympathy cards -- 6% Other -- 13%
AssessmentDid students follow instructions for creating the graph?
Lesson Plan Source
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-REP.PK-12.1 Create and Use Representations to Organize, Record, and Communicate Mathematical Ideas
NM-REP.PK-12.3 Use Representations to Model and Interpret Physical, Social, and Mathematical Phenomena
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Economics
GRADES K - 4
NSS-EC.K-4.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.K-4.9 Competition in the Marketplace
GRADES 5 - 8
NSS-EC.5-8.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.5-8.9 Competition in the marketplace
GRADES 9 - 12
NSS-EC.9-12.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.9-12.9 Competition in the Marketplace
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Originally published 02/06/2006
Last updated 06/02/2010