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Graphing Colors


Create a daily graph. Use color as the topic. For example, graph the colors of shirts (tops) worn by class members. Provide each class member with a cutout in the shape of a T-shirt. Ask each child to color the shirt to match his/her own. Place the shirts in lines: one line of blue shirts, one line of yellow shirts, and so on. Each line must begin at the same place and shirts must be matched one to one. When done, the graph can be checked by matching the numbers of blue shirts on the graph to the group of blue-shirted class members.

Variation: create a bar graph instead of a picture graph by having children line up instead of using paper "shirts." Which "bar" is the longest?

More colorful graphing ideas: the color of a piece of clothing, the color of the child's house, a favorite color...


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