Measurement of Data Picture Books To Help Teach Math

These data picture books will help your preschool, elementary, and even middle schoolers understand sorting and graphing.

Sorting is a skill that is also called categorizing, ordering, classifying, or organizing. It’s simple enough in many cases for preschoolers to do and complex enough that scientists sometimes form teams to figure it out. Either way, it’s important for kids to practice!

Graphing is something we often use to read and analyze data, but it’s also important to be able to create graphs. In fact, learning to create them helps an awful lot in learning to read them. Believe it or not, little ones can build and read easy graphs making it easy to build and create harder ones year after year.

Picture books are a great way for children to understand how to measure data.

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Measurement of Data Picture Books

This might sound really strange, but categorizing things – numbers, colors, shapes, data – is a type of measurement! It’s officially called the nominal scale of measurement, but that’s just a fancy name for what we do when we identify, sort, and label things in distinct categories.

Once kids learn to sort, the next reasonable step is to organize the things they have sorted into graphs. Graphs are wonderfully visual ways to see and interpret data. Surprisingly, sorting (and even some simple graphing) can be done with children as young as preschool. While in-depth sorting and graphing is a skill that can reach deep even into the high school years.

Sorting Picture Books

In other words, when a young child helps you sort socks from the laundry basket, they are learning to make important judgments to categorize the socks into specific categories. The black ones go in one pile, the white ones go in another pile, and the striped ones go in yet another pile.

It’s a stretch to call sorting a measurement activity but think of it as a more abstract form of measurement. One of the mind – measuring characteristics and data to order things rightly. This type of measurement is not only mathematical, it very much fits into science and logical thinking, too!

Don’t miss these posts with lesson ideas to teach sorting to all ages: Valentine Math, M&M Math, Candy Classification, Bean Classification



Graphing Picture Books

Graphing is another step in this abstract form of measurement that we call measurement of data. Graphs use pictures, bars, lines, and numbers to give clarity and definite information about the sorting and categorizing we do all the time.

Graphing is another skill that I like to spend plenty of hands-on time learning before jumping to reading and writing graphs on paper. Here are some ideas for hands-on experiences for you to use with your children: Paper Airplane Graphing, Candy Graphing, Christmas Glyphs



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