In the unending battle towards incorporating Common Core standards and academics into the curriculum of all my students, I created this useful visual for graphing. Ugh – do any of you feel overwhelmed about this like I do? With my students who are more academic and verbal I have a much easier time utilize state and common core standards when creating goals, activities, and lessons. But with some of my less verbal students this can be much more challenging. I want the work they are doing to be meaningful. I have a little pet peeve for some of those seemingly useless ‘academic’ file folder activities that teachers use as a great percentage of their academic curriculum. Okay fine your student can match the same 4 community helpers to the correct locations on the file folder – which ahem – never move! So I’m pretty sure your student just memorized the order of the pieces and are not actually make any correct associations about community helpers. ARGH. Rant over.

Anywho  – I really like this visual because I think some my students who are lower functioning actually do start to get it. And they are participating in a graphing activity that is appropriate for them.


This was fairly easy to make. I made the visual on boardmaker and made the boxes on excel and taped them on a file folder. I laminted the whole thing and then made the coordinating bars for the bar graph.

We do this as part of our morning group activities. Students add the velcro bars to the chart according to the day’s temperature.

We store all of the bars next to the chart.

This visual helps some of my higher students associate the numerical temperature value with the appropriate weather vocabulary hot, warm, cool, and cold. One student is in charge of looking up the temperature each morning as part of their independent morning routine.



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