How quickly do fruit / veggies appear on our plants?
How long does Mummy actually need to spend doing jobs instead of playing with us?
When does it get dark each day?
How much of the different types of food do we eat each day?
Here's a brief 'what to do next'
- Once you have an idea you need to turn it into a question to investigate.
- Discuss with your child how you can do this including what info you need to gather and how often
- Together create a chart to gather the info on
- Gather the info you need over whatever time frame you decided on - most helpful is a week
- Look at the info you have gathered and discuss how this can be recorded to best show the results for discussion
- Discuss what the results show
- Answer your original question
I hope you have fun with this activity and thoroughly enjoy exploring and investigating something together and coming up with an answer
Keep it simple and interesting with these small people. A basic tally and then a very simple pictogram is all these children need, they will love exploring and finding out the info. Doing the counting of the tallies and moving that info to another graph will keep them busy and teach them how we can investigate something and record the results in a very simple way. (When tallying you can either do the proper tally in 5's or you can just do lots of lines without going in 5's. This depends on your child and what would work best for them )
5, 6 and 7 year olds
Hopefully you can tally properly with these children (what a great way to follow on from last weeks counting) and when you write up the data you could use a simple block graph or a pictogram or both. Really look at the info with them and make sure they understand how the data worked, and that they clearly understand where the answer came from. They should be able to answer simple questions around their data. You could always do the analysis on the computer with them too.
7, 8 and 9 year olds
These children should easily be able to tally and gather their information. Where you are going to challenge these is in the analysis. When they do the graph they should be able to do bar charts where the intervals are counted in 2's or 5's or a pictogram where the picture represents either 2, 5 or 10 or something. Really try to push their understanding of the data by asking lots of questions and maybe getting them to make some predictions. Again computer graphing could be fun.
9, 10 and 11 year olds
Before any data is gathered start by encouraging your child to make a prediction of the results. Then gather the data using a tally chart. When looking at the data these children can really extend their knowledge of graphs. As well as pictograms they can do bar charts, line charts and pie charts. A good discussion here is which is the most appropriate for your set of data and why. Once they have graphed their information as well as answering basic questions these children need to be encouraged to know what the mean, mode, median and range of their data is. Then when you ask them about their data and discuss it really push those questions and encourage them to answer the question but also be able to explain why they came up with that answer.