Graphing the Weather

June 23, 2010 at 6:57 AM 2 comments

by: Jennifer Perez

Make graphing fun with your children this summer by graphing the weather together! You can tune into your local news station or log onto The Weather Channel to get your daily local temperature. You may choose to keep a log of the temperatures and graph daily or weekly. Make your child a part of the decision making process and ask THEM how often they would like to graph. Depending on the age of your child/children, they may/may not have learned about different types of graphs in school. Below you will find the most common types of graphs and visual examples of each.

1. Line Graph

2. Pictograph

3. Bar Graph

Once you and your child decide which graph to create, discuss what aspects of the graph need to be present.

Line/Bar Graphs

  • Title for graph
  • Clearly labeled X and Y axis
  • Scale with an appropriate interval (most of the times this is on the Y axis, depending on how the graph is labeled).
  • Connect the points on a line graph
  • Create clear bars on the bar graph

Pictograph

  • Title for pictograph
  • Relevant picture to be used in the graph
  • Create a key (See example)

After the 1st graph has been created, challenge your child to choose a different type of graph to create using the same data!! Take this one step further and ask a few questions such as:

1. Which week had the highest overall temperature average?

2. What is the sum of the temperatures in Week 3?

3. What is the difference between the hottest day and the coolest recorded day?

What a great way to promote learning and get those brains working… even if it is summer!

Happy Learning!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. heathercnelson  |  June 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I like the Number Of Books Read pictograph. We live in So Cal, our weather doesn’t fluctuate much LOL

    Reply
    • 2. imtjen  |  June 23, 2010 at 8:25 PM

      I totally understand! Why not tying to graph something else like fruits eaten, different kinds of toys, books read or time spent reading?
      Try a topic that interests your son to get him ‘hooked!’

      Reply

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