Friday, February 25, 2011

Talking Graph in Social Studies

If you have seen some of my older posts, you may be familiar with my social studies unit for Long Ago and Today. We did Part 2 this week on transportation. I want to share a few pictures with you of the graph that we made.

My students loved going outside to see how many laps they could go around the half basketball court. Then, they tried to run as fast as a horse but didn't quite get there. When we got back in the classroom, I showed them the graph and they were shocked to see how many laps the jet could do in 1 minute... 400! (I paper clipped the bar for the jet because it would have been on the ceiling if I stapled it straight up.  It was to scale though.)

The speech bubbles you can see all over the graph were made on my cricut. I used the cartridge "George and Basic Shapes" and made the biggest possible speech bubble and then a silhouette version to go inside. I laminated them so we could write on them and use them again and again. They had to write a statement about the graph and I was so proud of some of the comparing statements. Look at what some of my little first grade smarties said:

I love it! I had made some extra for a year that I might have more students, and when they saw them they kept asking if they could make another statement. :-) I will definitely be using this again!

If you are curious about my Long Ago and Today Unit, you can download all three parts for free from my TpT store.
 -Mrs. Patton


Lindsey said...

what a darling idea for social studies! :)

~*~Ash~*~ said...

Thanks for sharing! I LOVE this talking graph- I will definitely be using it in a variety of ways! :)

Mrs. Lutton said...

I love your graph and the fact that it talks and it is linked to social studies!! Your blog is adorable! Keep up the hard work!


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Just Julie said...

Your talking graph is awesome! I can think of so many ways to use speech bubbles after seeing this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Jena Snowden said...

I love this idea! I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned it in my blog. Thanks for sharing your great idea.