# Graphing Activities

**Graphing Activities**

Activity One

- Construct horizontal and vertical number lines that they have 0 as a common number.
- Place a dot on the page to represent the position (3,4).
- Would this be the same as (4,3)?
- On what must we agree?
- Find the rule you need to satisfy this question.
- Locate other points in a similar way
- Prepare a vertical and horizontal grid on graph paper
- Mark the points (3,2)
- From this pont if you moved 2 to the right and 1 up, what would your new position be?
- Challenge a partner with similar questions.

Activity Two

Materials

- Dice (2)
- Graph paper

- On graph paper mark a horizontal number line and a vertical number line that intersect.
- Roll two dice
- Starting at the origin (0,0) make the moves which the dice indicate.
- If you roll say a 2 and a 5 you can move either 2 right and 5 up or 5 right and 2 up.
- Mark your new position.
- The object is to continue rolling and moving until you go off the upper right hand corner of the graph.
- If two people play, take turns to see who wins.

Activity Three

Materials

- Home-made pendulum
- Metre stick
- Graph Paper

- Make a pendulum 30cm long.
- How long does it take to make 20 beats?
- Try the same experiment with a pendulum 45 cm long, with one 60 cm long and with one 75 cm in length
- Record your results on a graph.
- What relationships do you see?
- Join the points you have marked. This is called a line graph.

Activity Four

Materials

- a board
- a marble
- a box
- graph paper
- meter stick

- Place the end of a board on a box.
- Measure how high it is from the floor.
- Roll a marble from the top to the bottom of the board.
- How long did it take to reach the bottom?
- Raise the board, measure the height and time the roll of the marble again.
- Do this 4 or 5 times.
- Make a line graph comparing the height to the time.
- Form more conclusions.

Activity Five

Materials

- Skipping Rope
- Graph Paper

- How many times can you skip without a miss?
- Compare your score to the score of 3 or 4 of your friends.
- Make a graph to show all five results.

Activity Six

Materials

Rubber Ball

Meter Stick

Graph Paper

- Drop a rubber ball from heights of 200cm, 100cm, 150cm, 50cm.
- Find how high it bounces on the first bounce.
- Record the results on a graph.
- Join the points on the graph to make a line graph.
- What other conclusions can you make?

Activity Seven

- How old is each pupil in your class?
- Make a graph showing the results.
- What is the most common age?
- What is the least common age?

Activity Eight

- How many sit-ups can you do in 30 seconds?
- Ask four of your friends to do this test.
- Compare the results on a graph.

Activity Nine

Materials:

- graph paper
- reference books

- Which country in the world has the largest population?
- Compare this to Canada.
- Using reference books, find the 10 largest countries in the world according to population.
- Make a graph showing the 10 largest countries(population) in the world.
- Are these also the 10 largest in size?

Activity Ten

- Find how many people in the class have:
- black hair
- blonde hair
- red hair
- brown hair
- Make a graph to show what you found.
- What is the most common and least common color of hair?
- Would this be true in another classroom?

Activity Eleven

- Ask your classmates which vegetables they do not like.
- Make a graph showing the results.
- Which is the most disliked vegetable ?

Activity Twelve

- Ask each person in your class to tell you the month in which his/her birthday comes.
- Show what you found on a graph.
- What does this suggest?
- Try the same thing at home using different people's anniversaries.
- What is the most popular month for a wedding?

**Activity Thirteen**

Today many people have pets and they are almost like one of the family.

- Find out what pets your classmates have at home.
- Show how many of each kind there are on a graph.
- Can you tell which is the most popular pet? The least popular?

**Activity Fourteen**

- How many people are there altogether in your family?
- Ask your classmates this same question.
- Make a graph showing what you found.
- What size of family is the most common?
- Try to find the average size.
- Do you wish your family was different in any way?

**Activity Fifteen**

- What is your favorite subject?
- Ask 10 of your classmates the same question.
- Make a graph to show the results.
- What is the most popular subject?
- What other conclusions could you draw from your graph?

**Activity Sixteen**

- Ask your classmates to name their favorite color.
- Make a graph to show the results
- Why do some color show happiness while others show sadness?
- What do some colors illustrate?
- Draw and color a picture either showing warmth or cold.

**Activity Seventeen**

- What do you think is the most popular color of car?
- Find out how many of each color are in the parking lot.(You may watch the cars passing the school for 5-10 minutes.)
- Make a graph to show your results.
- Did you guess the right color?
- What kinds of cars are parked in the parking lot?
- Make a graph to show how many of each kind there are.
- Does your graph prove which is the most popular car?

**Activity Eighteen**

- How many had perfect spelling last week?
- How many had one mistake, two mistakes, three mistakes, more than three mistakes?
- Make a graph to show these results.
- If the whole class got all correct on their weekly lesson, what would you graph look like?