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ELC Inquiry Questions

Q: How can we share information with others?


The children have been collecting data about their likes and dislikes in preschool. This week they used a pictograph to represent data about their favorite fruits. With a teacher to help, preschool mathematicians collected data, represented it using a pictograph, and independently interpreted the data.

The children learned that a pictograph is a graph that uses pictures to show us different information.

They each shared what is their favorite fruit and helped a teacher add their data to the pictograph.


A teacher is talking to students across a table
A boy pointing a card a teacher is holding


Once half of the data had been collected, the children made predictions as to what the pictograph would look like when it is finished.

Boys and girls sitting in a circle and looking at a pictograph


Many children thought that strawberries would have the most, but some children thought that the rest of preschool would "choose different fruit because we are different people."

After the graph was complete, The teacher asked the children "what do you notice about the information in our pictograph?" 

A teacher showing a pictograph to boys and girls

The children responded:

- "Apples are five, and strawberries are five. They are equal!"

- "Grapes is zero. No one chose grapes."

- "Orange, banana, and pineapple all are different numbers."

- "Orange, banana, and pineapple are 1, 2, 3!"

- "Apples and strawberries have the most."

Now that preschool mathematicians have worked with a teacher to collect and represent data in a pictograph, they may choose to create their own pictographs independently. They have done a lot of work with data collection this unit, and are learning to interpret data and make connections in many different contexts!


A pictograph that shows different kinds of fruits