Tuesday 5 May 2015

Math Book Monday (on a Tuesday!) - The Great Graph Contest

Sorry folks! I tried to get this up last night, but I was pooped! I had my first evening course last night. Gave myself plenty of time to get there, but there was a major accident on the highway and I ended up being twenty minutes late to my first class. How embarassing! Oh well, it was still pretty good!

So I'm here with you today for Math Book Monday on a Tuesday! Today's post is about a new math book that I have bought recently. It is called "The Great Graph Contest" by Loreen Leedy.

It is a super cute book! It's written all in speech bubbles and it's about two friends who keep trying to outdo each other's graphs. It talks about surveying, bar graphs, pie graph, sorting, Venn diagrams, and more. 

I created a fun survey and graph activity to go with the book. This activity could be used as a math centre or a whole group lesson. Click the picture below to check it out!

Students choose a survey questions (there are 12 example cards or they can create their own) and four possible answers. Then they survey 10 students in the class and record the results with tally marks.

Then they create a graph based on their results. There are three options--a vertical bar graph, horizontal bar graph, or pie graph!

I also have this "Grab and Graph" centre in my TpT store for free. Use any manipulative you have, such as bears. Place the manipulatives in a bag. Students grab a handful, then graph what they picked up! Check it out by clicking on the picture.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!


  1. This book is so cute (and academically useful) that I had to go order it on Amazon right away! I love the freebie math activity set you made to go with it. I read in the product Q&A that the question cards are also included with the American spellings; I was wondering if the graphing sheets are also done both ways? And if not, could you please, please, please take a few minutes to include the American spelling on them as well? I've been following your blog for a while & love all your great ideas.

    1. Ok, I added a US version of the graphs. It was just the word "color" on the second page of each graph. You can redownload it now.