With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time for your little learners to pracatice their data handling with this heart count and graph worksheet.
Block graphs, or block diagrams, like this are a great introduction to data handling and will help your little ones begin to understand how to record and interpret information, as well as improve those all important counting skills!
They’ll have to carefully count each heart before coloring the correct amount of squares in the graph below – giving them a lovely visual representation of the data.
So why not grab this Valentine’s Day math sheet and get cracking!
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When using this count and graph worksheet, your children will have the chance to practice and develop skills such as:
- Counting skills – they’ll have to count thehearts carefully to ensure they are coloring the right amount in the boxes below
- Number recognition – they’ll need to be able to recognize the numbers to make sure the amount they’ve counted matches up with the axis
- Data handling – the ability to record and interpret information – they’ll be more easily able to answer questions about the data
- One to one correspondence – this important skill (trickier than you may think) is the ability to only touch and count an object of a set once
- Hand and finger strength – the ability to be able to apply enough pressure to make marks on the page and hold the pencil firmly
- Hand dominance – developing and strengthening the skill of one of their hands
- Crossing the mid-line – this is the ability to cross the imaginary line running down the center of your body – it means they won’t have to switch hands if they want to color on the other side of the page
- Pencil control – holding the pencil correctly to allow for a full and fluid range of movemen
How To Prepare This Heart Count and Graph Worksheet
This one’s pretty straight forward!
First you’re going to want to download and print the worksheet by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page.
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There’s a couple ways they could use the worksheet.
The main way is for them to carefully count each heart in the top section and color in a corresponding square in the graph below.
It’s a good idea for them to put a cross through each item as they count it to ensure they’re not counting them twice.
Or they could even cut out the pictures and stick them straight onto the graph. This way may help them more easily make the connection between the items and the graph.
After they’ve counted all the items, it’s time to interpret the data.
Some questions would be good here:
- Which tyoe of heart was there the most of?
- Which item was there the fewest of?
- How many more stripy heats are there than hearts with stars?
- What else do you notice about the data?
This kind of questioning will really help them to deepen their learning.
And if your little ones just can’t get enough Valentine’s Day learning you can check out some more awesome activities here.