Paige Potthoff, Serena Hinners, Hailey Vogl and Kayla Dentlinger work on collecting data for a project. The first-grade students from Adams Elementary tried to figure out the first grade’s favorite lunch item then created a graph about the information.
Paige Potthoff, Serena Hinners, Hailey Vogl and Kayla Dentlinger work on collecting data for a project. The first-grade students from Adams Elementary tried to figure out the first grade’s favorite lunch item then created a graph about the information.
First-grade students at Fairview Elementary are learning to compile data and create graphs.

The students in Beckie Roberts' first-grade class used recess time to ask as many of their peers as possible what their favorite hot-lunch food is.

Students could choose from hot dogs, pizza, corn dogs, chicken nuggets, walking tacos, soup or ham-and-cheese sandwiches.

The favorite by far, earning 83 votes, was walking tacos. In second place was pizza with 46 votes. Soup came in last with only 11 votes.

After getting back inside and tallying the data, students went to work on their bar graphs.

"Yesterday was our first day that we gathered data," Roberts said. "My goal is to go through the process right now."

The students did a similar project this week asking the first grade their favorite sports.

Roberts said the students aren't quite to the point where they can interpret the graphs and ask questions.

The students said they are enjoying the project.

They said they liked that they could talk to fellow students and care about the numbers they were collecting, rather than just work on a worksheet.

"It's not just a picture, it tells us facts," one student said.

Students said they're also improving their addition skills.