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Graphing is simply a way of showing information in a mathematical picture. There are many kinds of graphs, but the bar graph is the most commonly used one for elementary school students. Make sure that the graph has a title, that both axis are labeled and that it shows a numerical scale. The number in the lower left corner is always a zero. A properly made bar graph will not have the bars touching; there should be a space between each bar. Please see below for a selection of Leveled Lessons for Below Level (basic), and/or On Level (median), and/or Above Level (competent) readers.
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Start your young students out right by having them make classroom bar graphs to reflect data about some of their favorite things--favorite kinds of apples, kinds of shoes they are wearing today, or how they go home from school. Use cut outs from an Ellison machine or have students draw life-like pictures to glue on the graph in the appropriate places. Be sure to use terms like DATA as you are making a tally sheet and have students give you data analysis such as which column has the most and fewest counters in it.