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Halloween Graphing Activities for Teaching 1.MD.C.4, 2.MD.D.10 & 3.MD.B.3

We’re knee deep into our data unit! I’ve been busy, busy, busy teaching them how to create scaled bar graphs. I tapped into their “we’re giddy for Halloween” energy and created these Halloween graphing resources. These Halloween graphing activities provide hands on practice for classifying, sorting, organizing data, graphing using picture graphs and bar graphs, and interpreting information. This post will share all about these Halloween graphing activities and how to use them in your classroom. These activities make teaching elementary math in October fun!

Halloween graphing worksheets and sorting activities

What is included in this Halloween Graphing Resource?

This Halloween graphing activities resource includes the following:

  • 5 sets of cards for students to categorize and sort (Halloween Costumes, Houses We Trick or Treated At, Things to Collect Candy In, Candy/Treats, and Pumpkins)
  • 3 sorting maps (2-, 3-, and 4-categories)
  • a variety of recording sheets (picture graphs and bar graphs)
  • center table tents
  • 16 task cards (8 to use with any graph and 8 to use for advanced students to create picture graphs (also referred to as pictographs) and bar graphs

What Standards Do These Halloween Graphing Resources Address?

These Halloween graphing resources address the following Common Core State Standards:

  • K.MD.B.3: Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
  • 1.MD.C.4: Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
  • 2.MD.D.10: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1 using information presented in a bar graph.
  • 3.MD.B.3: Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.

How to Implement the Halloween Graphing Resource in Your Classroom

Below are some ideas for how to implement the Halloween graphing resources in your classroom.

Kindergarten Halloween Graphing Activities

Where are my kindergarten teacher friends at? Here are some suggestions for how to implement these Halloween graphing activities in your kindergarten classroom:

  • Sort the cards into categories in a small group or whole class.
  • Count the cards in each category.

1st Grade Halloween Graphing Activities

Hey 1st grade teachers! Here are some suggestions for how to implement these Halloween graphing activities in your 1st grade classroom:

  • Look at a collection of cards and brainstorm up to 3 categories for sorting them into.
  • Sort the data into the 3 categories.
  • Create a chart together as a class.
  • Ask and answer questions about the total data points on your graph.
two students sorting halloween treats cards

2nd Grade Halloween Graphing Activities

Calling all 2nd grade teachers! Here are some suggestions for how to implement these Halloween graphing activities in your 2nd grade classroom:

  • Look at a collection of cards and brainstorm up to 4 categories for sorting them into.
  • Sort the data into the 4 categories.
  • Invite each student to draw a picture graph and bar graph with a single unit scale to represent the data.
  • Have students complete the task cards using their graphs, their classmate’s graphs, or graphs you generate as a class.
student sorting haunted house cards

3rd Grade Halloween Graphing Activities

Hey there 3rd grade teachers! Here are some suggestions for how to implement these Halloween graphing activities in your 3rd grade classroom:

  • Use the cards to reinforce sorting and categorizing. Have each student (or group of students) write lists of possible categories for sorting each collection of cards.
  • Invite students to use the data presented on task cards to draw scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs.
  • Have students complete the task cards using their graphs, their classmate’s graphs, or graphs you generate as a class.
Halloween sorting cards for teaching graphing

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