The importance of graphing is sometimes underestimated in schools. Starting from a young age, graphing should be at the top of your list. It is a way to give children a different perspective of looking at numbers and teach them the skills to quickly organize, compare and discuss different ideas and information. Thankfully, there are many creative graphing activities available to teachers and parents! We’ve provided a list of 25 different kinds of graphing activities that your students will love!
1. Graphing Board Game
Teach your little ones how to make a simple bar graph like this through fun and colors! They will love the different pictures and of course the tactile addition of rolling the die!
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2. Floor Mat Graphing
An interactive graph like this is so important when shaping little minds. Go outside and collect some things from nature or use action figures to make this cute people graph.
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3. Graphing Building Blocks
A cute way to incorporate play into math. Students will love this graphing activity that centers around matching! It will be super simple for you to explain and for students to understand.
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4. Apple Graphing
This adorable lesson on graphing will help students to differentiate between colors and be able to better group objects according to their colors.
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5. Bug Graphing
This super cute bug graphing activity can easily be turned into an online bar graph activity. Just send students the template and have them complete it outside at home!
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6. Under the Sea Graphing
A graph such as this under the sea pictograph goes great with an under the sea-themed classroom. We love using it throughout our Kindergarten classroom.
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7. Sock Graphing Floor Mat
A super fun basic bar graph that includes students’ personal items is great for distance learning, homeschool, or just weekend activities! Your kiddos will love matching and organizing their socks.
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8. Button Color Graphing
A pop-up bar graph perfect for any young learner classroom! Simply talk about your student’s favorite color and mark their names. They’ll love to see their names on display!
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9. Height Graphing
Another amazing bar graph that will foster student answers without any confusion. Students will love to look at their heights compared to others in the classroom.
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10. How Many Letters Graphing
Popular resource types for counting letters in your student’s names are far and few between. Why not incorporate these lessons directly into your math lessons!
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11. M&M Graphing
Who doesn’t love a graph with treats that are delicious? Allow students to graph their M&M’s before eating them!!
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12. Dino Graphing
Math students in the elementary grades will love this exciting dinosaur stomp. The spinner acts as a simple line graph generator for students and they will have so much fun generating their own answers.
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13. Fishy Graphing
Introduce your lower elementary students to graphing with this fun yet simple exercise. Have them tally up the various fish before recording their totals in the form of a basic block-style graph.
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14. Sport Graphing
As we begin to master graphs students will want something more exciting to mark. Do your kiddos love basketball? They are sure to love this sports tally chart graph.
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15. Graphing Visual
Knowing the difference between graphs is super important throughout your entire graphing unit. Making an anchor chart like the one below with your students will be continuously beneficial for them.
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16. Shape Spinning Graphing
Giving kiddos a reason to use a fidget spinner is always proven for an engaging lesson. A lesson like this is perfect for a lesson intro on graphing. Getting kiddos back into the idea.
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17. Pictograph Breakdown
Sticky notes are great for breaking down different systems. Graphing is no exception. A powerful graphing program like this will start your student’s knowledge with a strong foundation.
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18. Jar of Hearts Graphing
By Valentine’s day, students should have been at the point of master bar graphs. Have students complete a fun jar of heart activity like this one.
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19. Roll the Dice Graph
Here’s an idea that’s perfect for both in-class and at-home use! Your learners can get to grips with the basics of graphing by rolling a die and then recording the number displayed by coloring in the corresponding number of squares on the printout!
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20. Fun Fruit Graphing
A super simple bar graph generator for our littlest minds. This is an easy way for students to generate their own bar graphs. It can be used in groups, stations, or as a whole class activity.
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21. Middle School Visuals
A good way to show students different visuals is to print graphs on posters and hang them in the classroom. This will help students to constantly see and be reminded of the different types of graphs and charts.
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22. Graphing Coordinate Planes
Coordinate planes are such a fun part of graphing. Middle school graphing takes on a whole new meaning and something engaging like making this bear is such a fun way to teach students and let them practice their plotting skills.
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23. Treasure Hunt Graphing
My students LOVED this treasure hunt activity. This is a great way to foster student collaboration and participation. They will also love the little pictures that make it feel like a real treasure hunt.
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24. Snow Day Graphing
Does your school use blizzard bags? I always love to send graphing activities home with students on or before snow days. They love these activities and it’s so easy to find winter-themed graphing activities like these below.
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25. 3D Bar Graphs
Keep 3D bar graphs in your teacher tools! A fun and engaging activity filled with color and ambition your students will not only love to create but will love to see on display.
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