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!
*You might also like our Roll and Color Math Games for the Year!
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 suitable for Preschool and Kindergarten students. 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 supplies.
Related Resource: Pre-K/Kindergarten Math and Literacy Centers for the Year!
- Back to School Roll and Graph recording page (at the end of the post)
- Back to School Roll and Graph printable die (at the end of the post)
- Back to School Pocket Die printable picture cards (at the end of the post)
- Pocket Dice (optional)
How to Assemble the 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 die printable cards to place in a pocket die.
Assembly for the back to school roll and graph printable die is simple! I would suggest laminating it first. I think it’s easier to assemble when it’s laminated. Laminating also makes the die more durable.
Simply cut out the die along the thick black line. Then you’ll fold inward, along the dotted lines.
Keep folding up the die and tucking in the edges until it’s in a cube shape. Lastly, add a couple pieces of tape to secure the die.
If you’d rather not fuss with assembling the printable die, then use a pocket die (these pocket dice are my absolute favorite and what I use in math centers all the time) and print the pocket die picture cards.
Back to School Roll and Graph Recording Sheet
If you choose to place this activity in your math center, 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!
Place a basket of crayons, colored pencils and markers in your math center for more graphing fun!
Fun Tip: Laminate the recording sheet and have your students use dry erase markers instead!
Time to Graph!
Students are expected to 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 on the die.
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 then rolls and records the picture rolled on their own recording sheet.
The game continues until one of the player’s back to school themed picture has reached the top of their own graph first!
Extra Fun Tip: Give students colorful stickers for graphing instead of coloring in the squares on the recording sheet. As an added bonus…this helps work those fine motor muscles too!
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.
Grab Your Copy
Ready for some graphing fun? Add this Back to School Roll and Graph Math Activity to your math centers by clicking the yellow button at the very bottom of this post.
Then, hop on over to see our Pencil Count and Clip Cards!