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Organize and interpret categorical data by using a tally chart

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.D.10 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/2/MD/D/10
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4

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Big Ideas: Characteristics allow us to name and categorize. Data is collected/presented in different ways and can be used to solve problems. Measurement processes are used in everyday life to describe and quantify the world. This lesson builds on the students' work with collecting and sorting survey data. This task presents a class set of data around preferences for a class pet. Students are asked to sort the data set into 3 or 4 labeled groups and identify a preferred characteristic of a class pet. Students will record their data on a tally chart. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students' future work with drawing and solving word problems including picture and bar graphs. Vocabulary: characteristic/attribute, data, category, tally, tally chart, most, least, row, column Special Materials: Class Set of Animal Sketch Data (one per each pair or group of students) Tally Chart templates Optional: Sticky Notes Scissors Glue/Tape Markers Chart Paper