Activities for Reading, Interpreting and Making Circle Graphs aka Pie Graphs.
Activity 1 – Data/facts are provided for students to fill in each section of a circle graph and give it a title. Then students answer 10 questions about the circle graph. The questions deal with the share of votes five students received in a class election. The questions lead the students to compare information and interpret it. Students also have to apply math skills especially ½, ¼, and 1/8 fractions. They have to generalize to state the purpose of the circle graph.
Activity 2 – Using data about school carnival expenses, students fill in two circle graphs that represent two different school years. By making comparisons, students write what the circle graphs show. Then they formulate four questions about the Carnival Circle Graphs. There’s the option of letting other classmates answer their questions.
Activity 3 – Provided with a circle and a blank for a title, students create their own circle graph. They must give it a descriptive title, label each slice of their pie graph, and explain what it shows. Finally, they write 4 questions about their graph and have the option of having another classmate answer the four questions.
These three activities require reading circle graphs, interpreting them, representing data on graphs, and formulating titles and questions for circle graphs.
Not only do the activities provide reading and math reinforcement, they serve as effective TEST PREPARATION for standardized testing. The activities also lend themselves to DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION. Perhaps low-functioning students will only be able to do Activity 1; whereas more able students might be able to create several circle graphs for Activity 3.
Check out my “Read & Make a Table (Chart)” listing, which is similar in format. Coming soon will be counterparts for line graphs, and bar graphs. As always, priced low enough for you to collect a whole set!