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Would multiple bar charts be appropriate differentiation for Year 4? Not sure as I am secondary but I would guess that the bright ones would cope.
I have to say that reading a bar chart doesn't sound wildly exciting but it is good that you have picked up an area that the school need to develop.
ejflin1983What do you think?
What do I think?
I think I'd like to understand what sort of system we have that means 9 year olds are wasting their time with bar charts when I keep seeing 16 year olds who can barely add up and can't reliably multiply by 10.
In fact, I cannot help but believe that the reason I see so many 16 year olds who can't add up or multiply by 10 is entirely because they spent too much time when they were 9 not learning those basics.
That's what I think.
Sorry it doesn't help you with your lesson much.
It would be a bit contrived but could you have different bar charts about something that would differ by country (favourite foods?) and the children could try and guess which country the children asked for each bar chart come from.
Different questions would be one way to differentiate it. It would be hard to differentiate it much though. I would go with another more complicated bar chart.
(I agree with you PaulDG but it isn't something the OP can fix at this stage!)
As a starter you could get the pupils to create a bar chart practically using multilink. they could each have a multilink or similar to represent them. then depending on the topic , favourite colour, sport etc, they could put their block in the correct place. This would help the understanding of what a bar chart shows you could then question them about how many people the bar chart represents, how many more is one column than another etc, this would bring in some of the basic numeracy skills that pauldg was concerned about.
As a main activity you should definitely use bar charts that interest the pupils. I also like the idea of using bar charts from different countries as you could bring a bit of citizenship and pse into it. you could also bring in healthy eating etc.
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