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Have fun surveying your friends and family, then turn your data into a bar graph or pie chart.

Favorites Survey

Ask your friends, family members, or classmates about their favorite ANYTHING — their favorite fruit, ice cream, or even their favorite hobby.

Here's an example question we asked 40 people. Which is your favorite fruit: a banana, apple, strawberry, or peach?

Favorite Fruit

Number of People

Banana
16
Apple
8
Strawberry
12
Peach
4



Let's graph the answers in a bar graph! A bar graph uses bars (rectangles) to show data in a way that makes comparing different amounts easy. Bar graphs have a horizontal line (called the x-axis), that runs in the left-right direction. At the left end of the horizontal line there is vertical line (called the y-axis), that runs in the up-down direction.

The horizontal line shows the categories being measured (the types of fruit) and the vertical line shows the amounts of the measurements (how many people like each fruit).

Your bar graph will have 4 vertical bars (one each for banana, apple, strawberry, and peach) that stand on the horizontal axis. The height of each bar will depend on how many people chose that fruit as their favorite fruit.

What You'll Need

Turn your Favorite Fruit survey data into a bar graph


Bar graph made with legos and braille


Now, let's graph the answers in a pie chart!

A pie chart is a circle divided into sections, with each section representing part of the circle. It's called a pie chart because it looks like a pie cut into different sized pieces. In your pie chart, your circle will have 4 pieces: one each for banana, apple, strawberry, and peach. The size of each piece will depend on how many people chose that fruit as their favorite fruit.


What You'll Need


Turn your Favorite Fruit survey data into a pie chart



This activity was created by Kesel Wilson for Great Expectations.

Facts of Life Survey


You can ask just about anything when doing a survey. Here are some ideas:

  • How tall are you?
  • Are you left-handed or right-handed?
  • What month were you born in?
  • What is your favorite season?
  • How many hours a day do you read?
  • How many sisters do you have?
  • How many brothers do you have?

The Best Kind of Pie Chart

photo of apple pie with one wedge cut out

OK, let's get really silly. Let's make a pie chart of a pie survey!

Ask 10 of your friends, family members, or classmates which of the following is their favorite pie, and then make a pie chart of the results.

  • Apple pie
  • Chocolate pie
  • Blueberry pie
  • Pumpkin pie
a Penny-like Boston Terrier eyes a piece of pie on a kitchen table
Photo of a red and blue lego maze

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Accessible Protractor

Image from Penny book: .

Penny the Thermometer

Image from Penny book: .

Measuring Penny includes a tactile chart showing Penny's walking time at different temperatures. Which do you think Penny likes better, hot weather or mild weather, and why?

Temperature

   

Time
Walking

   

7 minutes

20°

   

11 minutes

40°

   

20 minutes

60°

   

60 minutes

80°

   

23 minutes

100°

   

9 minutes



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