Graphing Birthday Months in a Classroom
Resource: Infogram – https://infogram.com/app/#/library
This a great, easy and effective online resource to develop various data displays. It is a free download and can be easily accessible for a wide range of users.
This resource links to the Year One digital technologies curriculum code ACTDIK002: Data can have patterns and can be represented as pictures, symbols and diagrams. Also, ACTDIP003: Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively.
This resource could be implemented into the classroom in multiple ways in various year groups. Even Year One students would be able to navigate this resource with a bit of extra support perhaps in a rotation.
For example, during my professional practice, my Year One class collected data within our classroom to see how many students in the class were born in which months. We also graphed our Noongar birthday seasons. Please see the attached images below. We made a visual graph of our birthday months where the children were asked to draw a picture of their face and then place their picture under their birthday month. For the Noongar birthday season display, children were asked to place a red sticker if they were a girl and a blue sticker if they were a boy onto their Noongar birthday season (unfortunately, I only took a before photo for that activity).
This resource could be integrated into various learning areas. For example, children in Year One Literacy could collect data of their favourite books or characters and produce a graph to represent their data. Or in mathematics, this resource can be linked to the Year 2 curriculum: ACMSP050- Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them.
Limitations of my activity:
Although, it was engaging for the students to visually represent their data in a concrete form, it would have also been fantastic to extend their knowledge and apply their data in a digital format as well. This would allow for students to comprehend that data can be represented in various forms. Therefore, I have also attached a column graph using Infogram to show how the children could have also represented their data.