Submitted: August 18, 2005
year I go to the craft store and purchase wooden people shapes (circles/ovals
will do for head shots only) and hot glue gun a magnet on the back.
Then on the first day of school I have the kids decorate them with
construction paper, felt yarn, etc. to look like themselves. Myself
and any other adults that work in my classroom also make a magnets
and answer the questions. The kids love to find out bits of information
about us. Later, I have them answer a graph question I have written
on the board beforehand ( ex. When is your birthday? What type of
books do you like to read? What is your favorite subject in school?)
The kids them have to place their magnet in the correct spot on
the graph. I have a new graph set up each day and the kids get used
to answering the graph question first thing in the morning. I usually
start off with bar graphs and explain pictographs. As the year progresses,
we will count the magnets on a simple graph and put the information
into line and circle graphs. This is a fun way to introduce your
students to graphing and to learn about them.
I also use the magnets as a way to take a class vote. This keeps
arguing to a minimum or students voting more than once. They can
also be used later on to identify classroom helpers and are easy
to change frequently.