Graphing Memories

K, 1, 2

The students collect and organize information and interpret data on a graph using the “memory items” brought from home. (See Lesson One: Traveling Back in Time.)

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • illustrate their memory item.
  • take turns and listen.
  • organize information on a graph.
  • interpret the information presented on the graph.
  • One memory-related item from each student (See School/Home Connections from Lesson One: Traveling Back in Time)
  • 4” by 4” White construction paper (one for each student)
  • Drawing tools such as crayons, colored pencils and markers
  • Chart paper for class graph
  • Masking tape
Home Connection 

Interactive Parent / Student Homework:Tell the children that in the next lesson they will be talking about reusing old items for new purposes. Ask them to bring in one object their family may normally throw away and to think about a new use for it. (See Handout One: Homework Assignment.)

  • Fox, Mem. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. New York: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1985. ISBN: 0916291049


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Before passing out the paper for students to illustrate their shared item, the teacher will illustrate the memory box item from Lesson One: Traveling Back in Time on the chalkboard. At first draw only a circle to represent the item. Ask the students what details are missing from the drawing that would help identify it. Draw the details on the circle to complete the picture as suggested by the students.

  2. Pass out a piece of 4” by 4” white construction paper and drawing tools to each student.

    • Have students illustrate their own item on the piece of paper. Encourage them to draw details to make it clear what their items are.

    • In advance, the teacher prepares a bar graph with 4” columns on chart paper. The students can help the teacher recall the five definitions of memory from the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Write the definitions as headings for the graph: makes you laugh, makes you cry, from long ago, as precious as gold and makes you feel warm.

    • Model how to organize data on the graph: place a paper with the teacher’s illustration on the graph in the column “makes you feel warm.”

    • Ask each student to take turns taping his or her picture on the graph in the most appropriate column.

    • When the graph is done, ask the students some of the following questions about the graph:

    • How many students brought in an item that makes them cry?

    • How many students brought in an item that makes them laugh?

    • How many students brought in an item that is as precious as gold and is something from long ago?

    • How many items are in the feel warm column and the makes you cry column?

    • How many more are in ______ column than _________ column?

  3. Which column has the most items?

    • Which column has the least number of items?

  4. Assign homework in preparation for the next lesson. (See School/Home Connection)


The teacher will assess the students in two parts: observe student work on illustrations and placement on the graph. observe student comments and understanding of the interpretation of the graph.

Cross Curriculum 

None for this lesson.