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Let's Make a Graph, Mom!

We were studying the instruments of the orchestra, and my daughter had an idea to make a poll of people's favorite composers to add to her lapbook. I asked her a few questions, and she said, "Wait a minute. I know just what I want. Let me go get the book." She came back with Bart's Amazing Charts in her hands and showed me the pictures of poll results and bar graphs.Wow!

What an opportunity to use math in a real world application--living math-- and at her request! This was a teachable moment I could not pass by. Please help her learn how to make graphs by participating in the five polls below.

We've finished this project. You may vote just for fun if you'd like. For more information about our orchestra and composers unit study visit Music Lapbook.

The Book that Started This Project

My daughter read this book and was inspired to create this polling project.


Cross-Curricular Charts and Graphs

Turning graphs into mini-books

We used a variety of graphs to create the mini-books for our Music lapbook .

Printable Helps for Graphing

Graph paper is perfect for creating tidy bar graphs, and fortunately, there are many options for free printable graph paper online. Download a few and be ready for your next graphing experience.

  • Print Free Graph Paper
    You can choose the type of paper, the size, and the measurement of the units in this fully customizable and FREE tool. Your graph paper will be output in PDF format.
  • Incompetech Free Graph Paper
    Another sophisticated online tool for creating customized graph paper for your particular need.

These are all very cool sites for creating an attractive, full-color graph with the data you enter.

Make a Graph Online

  • Create a Graph By National Center for Education
    With this online, free software, you simply enter your data and select your preferences (everything from font to color to effects). Then you are given an image that you can email, print, or even save in a variety of file formats! Very nice!
  • Grapher
    It is much simpler to use, but then again it doesn't have as many options. You can print your graph from the screen, but you can't save the image.
  • Illuminations: Graphing Activities
    Choose from circle graphs, bar graphs, vertex-edge graph, and square graphs.
  • ChartGo
    Quickly create bar charts, line charts or pie charts. Simply paste your data in the chart data area and hit the create chart button.

Maps, Charts, Graphs & Diagrams - Teacher Created Materials

Charts and Graphs Ideas - from other homeschooling moms


Great Graphs, Charts & Tables That Build Real-Life Math Skills

Give us Some Data for This Poll

Scholastic Success With Charts, Tables, and Graphs


anonymous on July 02, 2010:

Perhaps too fast for kids to grasp on the first time around, but this speech includes some amazing charts & graphs. I especially like the first chart of life span and family size as a great example of how powerful a good graph can be.

anonymous on September 15, 2009:

Thank's that is very good.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on May 15, 2009:

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The polls make instant graphs ... what fun! I'm featuring this at Star Charts for Kids.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on March 31, 2009:

I loved voting in all the poles!

anonymous on September 28, 2008:

What a fun topic! Thanks for including me.


anonymous on September 07, 2008:


The idea of online polling is great.And Iam interested in polling online.

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EeHai on February 29, 2008:

Nice toseethat your graphics mix with numbers. I was hunting for information about graphs when I got into your site. I like the polls too. Great fun!

anonymous on October 01, 2007:

hi people waz up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous on August 11, 2007:

From Henderson, TN. I like the pictures on your mom's blog. I am going to China next year! mom's e-mail)

anonymous on August 10, 2007:

Hi from the Drews family in TX.

anonymous on August 10, 2007:

picluvinmom my mom helped me take this poll.Kassidy is 4 so she took the fun ones and I did the music ones for you.


anonymous on August 10, 2007:

This was fun, thank you from Franklin, Tennessee.

anonymous on August 10, 2007:

When I clicked on your link to take a poll, it seemed like it was already completed. My answers are: 1)Harp 2)Tchaikovsky 3) Classical 4)rabbits 5)Strawberry

The last lapbook I did was an orchestra lapbook too. I didn't do a survey, but did a listening response graph to a piece of music.

anonymous on August 10, 2007:

My mom made me do this...I kept saying electric guitar for fave instrument, but it wasn't an option...and I prefer vanilla ice cream, again not an option....hope this works for ya anyway

anonymous on August 10, 2007:

I'd like to tell you that we go to bed when you get up and we get up when you go to bed. So you're probably going to bed right now!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

My mom sent me here. (nsremom) thanks!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

My mom sent me here. (nsremom) thanks!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

That was fun I love to take part in polls. Thanks from New Zealand!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

What a great idea!!! I enjoyed participating and would love to see the results when done. Thanks for including us!!!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

this was interesting

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

We have a dog, named Bryn. I play piano too, so that's why I choose it. It is my favorite instrument.

Thank you for doing the poll. It was fun.

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

Thanks! That was fun!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

Most of my favorites are not there! French Horn is my favorite orchestra instrument. Favorite animal is a guinea pig and favorite ice cream/sherbet is coconut! Favorite music is worship or contemporary Christian.

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

I'm Westward's daughter. I have my own blog:

I enjoyed taking your polls!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

That was cute! :)

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

That was really fun! I hope that your lapbook turns out great!

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

Thanks for the poll! It was fun.

~jammie at

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

GREAT idea!! Your mom has been successful in our number 2 reason for homeschooling. She has taught you the love of learning. I would love to see the results of the poll. Please have your mom post a picture when you finish.

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

That was fun. Thank you.

anonymous on August 09, 2007:

i love to play my xbox

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