## Throw out the Graphing Practice Worksheets and Do This Instead

When we get to the graph skills unit in math, I notice I use a lot of graphing practice worksheets. One day I decided to create some graphs that could be used over and over. So less paper use and less work for me!

## Why do we use so many graph worksheets?

We use a lot of graph worksheets because kids need to color in bars or draw pictures to create graphs. Worksheets are just so much easier to assign when teaching graphs. Using a dry erase board isn’t practical because kids have a hard time free-drawing the graphs themselves.

## We Need Graphing Practice Worksheets

Worksheets have their place. They’re needed for assessments and homework. But if you just want students to practice creating graphs and answering questions there’s a way to do that with fewer worksheets.

## Engaging Practice

Kids love little added details that make graphs fun like spinning with a paperclip and getting their own data.

Create a bar graph, picture graph, and line plot template on paper. Include a spinner of topics, like favorite pets, so kids can collect data. Make sure to include a frequency table on each one for data collection. Add an open-ended question that can be answered with whichever data is spun.

Place the graphs in sheet protectors and assign them to kids. Kids spin using a paperclip and pencil however many times you assign them. They collect the data they spin on the frequency table.

When they’re finished spinning, they create their graph and answer the question. After you check their work, they can erase and get a new graph to practice with. I like having them use felt pieces as dry erasers. Super cheap and easy to get.

You can use dry-erase graphs for whole group independent practice, for small group instruction or in math centers.

You can print one set of graphs for the whole class and rotate them. And then just reuse the same graphs for next year!

## Use Worksheets if You Want

Here’s the thing though. If you want to just give them one graph that they fill out as a traditional worksheet, that’s ok too! The method I’m talking about here is best for when you want kids to practice with multiple graphs of the same type.

It’s certainly ok to use worksheets if that’s what works best for you. But if you’re looking to use a little less paper, try this method.

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