One of our first/second grade teachers approached me recently to brainstorm about a math activity with her 2nd grade math class. In the Bridges math program, they are learning about data collection and different forms of representation. We explored a few tools they might use, and decided to use what we already had on hand.
This teacher is very systematical and methodical. She took students through this step by step and with great success. Here’s what they did:
Each student, using their own account in our Google Apps for Education domain, created a form. The form included one question, asking visitors to select one favorite item from a list of four choices. The topics ranged from sports teams to colors, to songs, shoes, and favorite primates! Students shared their forms with the teacher, who then sent them out to parents. They collected data via the forms for about a week.
The next step involved looking at and working with the data. The students accessed their responses and showed a summary of them, which came up in a pie graph, The chatter in the room was fabulous as they all compared notes on what they saw.
As they’ve been learning about bar graphs, the teacher wanted to incorporate those as well. At this point, the students added four rows to their response spreadsheets, copying their data. They selected the data and inserted a chart to show their collection in yet another way. Here’s a finished product:
This multi-step task didn’t take too many class periods. Embedded in this activity were many basic technology skills including: accessing their Google accounts, going to Drive, creating a form, typing, sharing the form, viewing responses, adding data, creating charts, working between multiple tabs, and much more.
2nd grade. Data, graphs, collaboration, and more!