Series: Focus on the Lesson

Shoe Graph

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A planning conversation for this lesson is available here.
A reflecting conversation for this lesson is available here.

Students brainstorm ways to sort their shoes. Later, they graphically organize the data from the sets they created.

Why is this important?

Allowing children to define their own shoe categories involves them in important mathematical thinking – making sense of a problem and persevering in solving it, and constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others. Making a real graph and then a pictorial one helps children to understand what graphs represent.

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Big Idea

The purpose of collecting data is to answer questions when the answers are not immediately obvious. More

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Big Idea

Sets can be compared using the attribute of numerosity, and ordered by more than, less than, and equal to. More

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Common Core Alignment

Measurement and Data More

Foundational Math Concepts

Source: 10-11 Pre-K Training Video • Copyright: © Erikson Institute • Content ID: EMTR081 ①

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What do you think?

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    Mrs. Ware

    October 5, 2014 at 12:40am

    I love these concrete ideas for instruction. They are great leads to getting students to gain meaningful concepts in learning.

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    Mary Grady

    March 21, 2016 at 8:33am

    I really like the ideas the teacher used for instruction of the collection of the data, there were many ways to get the children understand the meaning of the concepts in the lesson

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    Xiomara castro

    March 30, 2016 at 9:39pm

    I think the teacher use concretes ideas for collection data, it was a perfect example for understand the meaning of the concepts in the classroom.

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    Xiomara castro

    March 30, 2016 at 9:41pm

    Great and simples examples to collect data with children. It also at their levels.

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      Xiomara castro

      March 30, 2016 at 9:45pm

      Maybe I am confused, but I do nt know what is the next step I am confused because i made my comment
      I comment that the example the teacher use was excellent to collect data with children.

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    January 19, 2017 at 8:45pm

    is a good example for collecting data and putting in practice with our children. Now I know how collecting and analyze

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    Linda Arnold

    September 28, 2017 at 3:46pm

    I love the idea of using concrete objects that the children relate to. The questions the teacher asked to facilitate the learning and direction of the lesson shows forethought and control. Too many times we as teachers give the answers to the children and then they loose interest in participation.

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    Kenecha Freeman

    November 30, 2017 at 8:57pm

    Great Idea! Data collection is always informative to teaching, and questions & answer session during this period of time because the nature of questions determines the next step in your research.

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    January 11, 2018 at 12:53pm

    I love the information but as there is no Close Caption option or transcript, I cannot use them for my class. Too bad.

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      Cody Meirick

      January 16, 2018 at 8:30am

      I suggest trying the same video on our Youtube station. You can turn close captioning on in Youtube and that might work for you. Most of the videos on our website can be found on our Youtube channel and their native close captioning feature works fairly well. Link below.

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    February 4, 2018 at 9:49am

    Children learn best when eagerness and curiosity, persistence, creativity, and planning and reflection are encouraged and supported in all domains of development through play.

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    Veronica Aguilar

    February 5, 2018 at 11:52am

    Interesting hands on graphing activity

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    Kerri Coughlin

    March 17, 2018 at 5:46pm

    I am going to make the tablecloth graph!

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    Vanessa Madden

    June 17, 2018 at 11:58am

    I really enjoy the video, how the teacher made a giant shoe graph for the children so that they can have hands on.

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