Standards: MCC2.MD.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Duration: about 1 hour
Materials: “Math Workshop” chart, birthday cake di-cut pieces, pencils, big piece of butcher paper
Objective or Essential Question: What is math workshop?
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson: Students learn about math workshop and practice making a picture graph.
Mini Lesson: Make an anchor chart that highlights the parts of workshop: mini lesson, independent work, share. Next to each set of words make notes about what happens during each part of math workshop. Independent work will be the most important part with the most detail, so students know exactly what they need to do. Some examples might include: math games, skill practice sheets, manipulatives, problem solving, computer, fact practice. Some of these activities are done independently and some are done in small groups or partners.
Guided Practice: We will only be doing a whole group activity today. Give students little cupcake cut-outs to put their names and b-days on. Ask students how we could sort the cupcakes. Share and practice different ways and discuss which makes the most sense–by month. Sort by month. Then put these on a big graph (on butcher paper) to make a picture graph of class birthdays.
Closing: Have students analyze the graph by asking them questions about the it.