Teachers and children everywhere are gearing up for Back to School season! We are excited to help you prepare easy-prep activities and centers for your students for the school year. Up next in our roll and graph series is this Back to School Roll and Graph Math Activity! Children will enjoy rolling a die to race to the top of the graph to see who the winner is while practicing early graphing skills!
*Pair with our low-prep, independent Back to School Box Center Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Back to School Roll and Graph
My favorite way to use this activity is in pairs. When children pair up with a partner, they can turn this roll and graph game into a race. This math game is perfect for an independent center activity too!
This activity is great for both Pre-K and Kindergarten! What’s extra great about this math center is children will practice graphing skills and work their fine motor muscles while coloring.
Let’s get started with our simple materials!
- Back to School Roll and Graph recording sheet, printable die, and/or pocket dice picture cards (download at the end of the post)
- Pocket Dice (optional) (These are my favorite!)
Fun Tip: Laminate the recording sheet and have your students use dry erase markers to graph!
How to Assemble the Roll and Graph Printable Die
You have two options for using dice with this activity. You can use the included back to school printable die and assemble it on your own OR you can use the pocket dice printable cards.
Assembly for the back to school roll and graph printable die is simple! I recommend laminating the printable first. This makes it easier to assemble and more durable!
Simply cut out the die along the thick black line. Then you’ll fold inward, along the dotted lines tucking in the sides until it’s in a cube shape. Tape to secure the sides in place!
If you’d rather not fuss with assembling the printable die, then use pocket dice and print the pocket die picture cards. Simply laminate, cut them out, and slide them into the sides of the pocket dice.
Time to Roll and Graph!
If you choose to place this activity in your math centers, be sure that your students have a solid foundation of graphing skills. If it’s been awhile then a quick reminder of how to graph will help!
Students simply roll the die and then color in one square above the back to school picture that matches.
The activity continues with the child rolling the die and coloring in the squares above the object rolled.
The game is over when one of the back to school pictures reaches the top of the graph first!
Turn this graphing activity into a race! In pairs, each child has his/her own Back to School Roll and Graph recording sheet and they share a die.
Player #1 rolls the die and colors in the square on their own graph recording sheet. Player #2 does the same.
The game continues until one of the player’s back to school themed picture has reached the top of their own graph first!
Early Learner Tip: Color in the boxes on the bottom with each box being a different color to help get early learners started. It’ll simplify the graphing process for little ones who are just learning how to graph.
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Ready for some graphing fun? Add this Back to School Roll and Graph Math Activity to your math centers by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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