We’ve done many “read the room” activities before but it’s always been with language arts activities. Perhaps I should have called this “math the room”. Either way, I thought it would be fun to graph the images we find around the room. It wouldn’t be necessary to find each and every image. The idea is just to practice graphing and tally marks, and knowing how to read what you’ve recorded,.
I prepared this activity by just taping up the pictures around our backyard. I tried to put them in different places to make it a bit more exciting. We have a lot of wall, but that seemed so repetitive. So we taped some to the tree, a rock, some toys, etc.
Then I unleashed the boys! I gave them a recording chart and said “have at it!”.
Once they stopped looking I had them count what they had found and record the numbers in the boxes on the bottom of the recording chart.
And then to make sure they understood what they had recorded, I asked a few questions. Which had the least? Which had the most? How many pots of gold? Etc.
I think they rather enjoyed just running around for a bit. Now that I have all these pictures hanging up, I might have to do another activity with them.