Data analysis is something that children begin to become acquainted with at an early stage. In preschool and kindergarten graphing starts with organizing information and modeling it in different ways. The books and activities that adults provide can be a wonderful starting point for analyzing data in interesting and mathematical ways. And of course, as children go on to first grade, second grade, and beyond, the graphing can become more complex.
March 24, 2019
At the heart of it, graphing in the early years is about quantifying information in order to answer a question. That requires children to organize data in some visible way so that comparisons and generalizations are possible.
It’s autumn, which means there’s a feeling that cold weather is on its way. A small comfort in the changing weather is that it offers some opportunities for winter math activities.
Data analysis uses math to make sense of the world. It is compiling information and describing it in a quantitative way: how many?
In this conversation, a teacher reflects on the successes and difficulties of a recent lesson. With a coach, she discusses the successes of the lesson, as well as details to improve on next time.
In this planning conversation, a teacher and coach discuss some of their ideas and concerns about a forthcoming lesson. With a coach, she discusses some of her ideas and concerns about the forthcoming lesson.
In this video, students brainstorm ways to sort their shoes. Later, they graphically organize the data from the sets they created.
Cindy Collado and her preschool class at Stock School were involved in a shoe project that incorporated many math concepts through a variety of activities over the course of two months. The class started by taking a good look at their shoes and then talking and thinking about what they saw.