We’ve done several printable graphing activities lately, but this Snail Race Graphing Game was the most fun and most involved! I can’t take any credit for that, it was E who decided to extend the basic activity with handwriting, recording, and tally marks practice components 🙂
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Materials for Snail Race Graphing Game
- 2 sheets of paper.
- Glue stick, sticky tape or another type of glue (I prefer a glue stick).
- Manipulatives or markers. (We used mathlink cubes in colors that match the snail colors on the graphing sheet.)
What’s in the Printable PDF File?
The printable has 5 pages. You need to print 2 of them: The game board and the die.
You can laminate the game board if you’d like, but I don’t recommend laminating the die. Cut out the die at the solid lines and fold at the dashed lines. Apply some glue to the tabs or use sticky tape to put the die together.
How to Play the Snail Race Graphing Game:
The basic way to play a graphing game is pretty simple: Roll the die and graph the results with markers or manipulatives on the game board. Keep going until one snail reaches the top and wins!
As mentioned above, E extended the activity quite a bit this time: She decided to also tally the results in her notebook.
In order to do this, she wanted to write down the color names. Usually, she’s happy to have me spell words for her, but this time, she decided she wanted to copy them from a color printable I’d made for N.
She did accept my help with spelling “brown”, a color I hadn’t included in N’s printable.
She practiced writing her tally marks for each roll. She’s had quite a bit of practice with reading tally marks, but this was the first time she actually wrote them herself. It took a bit of getting used to, but she persevered.
The purple snail won the race! That’s when N joined us – as you can see, he was very happy with the results 🙂
I gave him some mathlink cubes to keep him busy for a bit while E and I talked about the results of the graphing game. This made me realize that he can already put them together by himself!
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