Kindergarten - Collect Data For Graphs

Problem Solving
Collect Data for Graphs
Pose information questions, collect data, and record the results using objects, pictures, and picture graphs
Be able to answer questions by using a picture graph. Understand that pictures stand for real numbers. Record data that is gathered and put in on a graph to represent that information. Be able to compare data given through pictures or shapes to answer questions.

Sample Problems


Look at the weather graph. How many rainy days was there this week?


Look at the weather graph. How many sunny days was there this week?


Ten children chose vanilla ice cream and six chose chocolate ice cream. Draw cones for each child that chose vanilla and for each child that chose chocolate.

Learning Tips


To understand graphs, draw a simple picture of each graph and explain what a graph is used for. It is used to compare information using pictures and numbers. Someone has already counted whatever it is we want to know about and has put it down on the paper.


We will use items around the house for the data portion of the graphs. Make a horizontal graph with 20 boxes that go across. At the top number the graph from 0 to 20.

On the left draw a picture of a spoon, below it a fork, and below that a knife. Go to the kitchen and take all the forks, spoons, and knives (make sure that you handle these items if they are sharp) and create three stacks. Now count each item. Fill in one box for each spoon, each fork, and each knife. Now you can ask your child questions regarding the graph.

Ex. How many spoons do we have? Do we have ore spoons or forks?


You can make a graph that has the data in a horizontal position. Use the same data.

Ex. Put the pictures at the bottom of the graph going from left to right. Have the numbers along the left edge staring with the 0 at the bottom traveling up to the number twenty. Ask similar questions as before but this time use this graph


Draw a pie graph and separate the graph into three sections. The size of each section should correspond to the data collected.

Ex. 20 forks=50% of pie chart 16 spoons = 20% of pie chart and 4 knives = 5% of pie chart

All data may not translate into perfect percentages so draw the pieces as close to the size that they should represent. Inside each piece of the pie, draw the picture of the utensil and write the number that corresponds to that utensil. With this graph you can ask, “Look at the pie graph. How much of the pie is taken by the forks?” You can review halves with this type of chart. Do not go too far into fractions until your child is really comfortable with the basics.

Extra Help Problems


At the top of the page have an empty graph with ten boxes (numbers above each box) going across. To the left of the graph have a picture of a bicycle and beneath it have a bus.

7 children take the bus to school. Shade in the boxes.


5 children walk to school. Shade in the boxes.


How do most kids get to school?


How many more kids ride the bus than walk?


At the top of the next worksheet have an empty graph with ten boxes in a column (going up and down). At the bottom of the graph have a picture of a yellow triangle and next to that a purple triangle.

3 children like to draw yellow triangles. Shade the boxes.


8 children like to draw purple triangles. Shade the boxes.


Which color triangle was chosen least?


How many fewer kids like yellow triangles than purple triangles?


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