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Classroom Survey

Using a survey sheet, the children will determine whether their classmates have pets and what kinds of pets.

Content Area Standard Target
  • Data and Probability
  • Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data
  • Describe parts of the data and the set of data as a whole to determine what the data show
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Obtain materials Obtain the Materials
  • Data recording sheets (Download here)
  • Pencils or crayons and clipboards
  • An easel and chart paper to record the children’s results

Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.

Introduce the activity Introduce the Activity
  1. Gather the children in a circle and say: "Today we are going to take a survey asking how many of us have pets."
  2. Explain that today, they will engage in a survey that asks if the children in the room have a cat, a dog, a hamster, a goldfish or some other type of animal.
  3. Introduce the “Classroom Survey” sheet.  Explain the Other Animal category.  Say: “When you are surveying your classmates you may find that they have an animal that is not on this sheet. If that is the case, check YES in the Other Animal category. When we come back together with our results, we will write down all of the other animals we have as pets.”
  4. Model how to ask a question and allow the children to survey all of the other children in the class. They will each record their answers on their survey sheet
Engage the children Engage the Children
  1. Give each child a recording sheet, a pencil and a clipboard so that they can move freely around the room. 
  2. Circulate round the room to make sure that the children are correctly recording their data and putting the x in the proper places.
  3. When the children have collected their data, gather them onto the rug and transfer their data onto the chart paper.  Fashion the chart paper to look like the recording sheet but make room for Other Animal.
  4. When the data has been recorded, discuss the results. Ask:
    • “How many of us have cats?”
    • “How many of us have dogs?”
    • “How many of us have hamsters?”
    • “How many of us have fish?”
    • “How many of us have other animals?”  “What kind?” 
    • “How many of us don’t have any pets?”

Additional Extensions

  • Ask “more than, less than” questions of the data collected. 
    • “Do more children have dogs than cats?”
    • “What type of pets do most children have?”
    • “Do more children have pets or not have pets?” 
Encourage vocabulary Encourage Vocabulary
  • Data – Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis (e.g., "Record the data we have collected onto our recording sheets.")
  • Survey – A method of collecting data by asking people questions (e.g., "We will survey our friends to see who has pets and what kinds of pets they have.")

  • Record – To write down or indicate (e.g., "Record your data.")

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Supporting Children at Different Levels

Toddlers   Pre-K

Toddlers may:

  • Have trouble organizing their information.

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Pre-K Children may:

  • Be able to analyze their data in a more meaningful manner.

Home child care providers may:

  • Have the children ask just one question at a time.  “Do you have a dog?’ and then record just those results. 


Home child care providers may:

  • Ask “more than, less than” questions of the data collected. 
    “Do more children have dogs than cats?”
    “What type of pet do most children have?”
    “Do more children have pets or not?”


Books Books
  • Guess Who My Favorite Person Is? By Byrd Baylor (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992) 

  • Daley B. by Jon Blake (New York: Candlewick Press, 1992)

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