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# Graphing Birthdays - Monster Theme (Great Back to School Icebreaker!)

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Take graphing to a whole new level! This powerful sequence of activities asks students to complete a human graph, picture graph, and bar graph of birthdays in the classroom. They explore vocabulary and graph purpose - - - and have loads of fun! (This is my favorite back to school math activity! I use it on the first day of school as an icebreaker.)

Overview:
• Step One: Give instructions for human bar graph
• Step Two: Create a human bar graph
• Step Three: Create a picture graph
• Step Four: Review picture, bar, and line graphs
• Step Five: Introduce labeling x- and y-axes
• Step Six: Create bar graphs*
• Extension: Complete vocabulary coloring activity.

*Two versions of the bar graph activity are available. To challenge your most able learners (or your entire class), provide a blank graph and instructions for adding titles, labels, and data. For less independent learners, use the graph that’s already titled and labeled.

What's Included:
• Two pages of lesson plans
• A color sample of the picture graph bulletin board
• Colorful monster-themed month labels for the picture graph
• Colorful cupcakes for the picture graph
• Colorful key for picture graph
• Colorful monster-themed title for picture graph
• Colorful monster-themed title page to display with students’ bar graphs
• Bar graph instructions
• Bar graph (with no labels or titles)
• Bar graph (with labels and titles)
• Vocabulary coloring activity

It’s all ready to use. Just print, cut, and go. Click on the Preview button above to take a look at some of the key parts of the product.

This year, I’ll pair the monsters activity with my classroom décor. Check out My Little Monsters Bulletin Board and Desk Tags.

I hope your students love this as much as mine do!

Enjoy!
Brenda Kovich

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Monster clip art was created by Laura Strickland of Whimsy Clips.
Cupcake clip art was created by Clementine Digitals.
Total Pages
18 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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