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What's for Dinner?

Bite-sized brain snacks for Chicago’s early learners.


Help your child survey family members on their favorite dinner foods. Collect the data using tally marks and then compare the results.

Why It's Important

Children love asking questions. Creating graphs using data that interests them is a great motivator in learning to create and read graphs.


Ask your child, "If you could design your favorite dinner, what would you want us to have? What vegetables would we eat? What types of fruit?"

Not Ready Yet

Use stickers or pictures of the foods when making the graph. This will make it easier for your child to 'read' the data in the graph.

Need a Challenge

Take the data you collected and turn it into a bar graph.

Book Recommendations:

"Full, Full, Full of Love" by Trish Cooke

Extend the learning:

Children love to collect data about themselves and their surroundings! Go outdoors and survey your neighbors. Possible questions children can ask include: what is your favorite animal?, what is your favorite season?, who is your favorite sports team?, etc. Once the data is collected using tally marks, bring it indoors and graph it in your journal. Talk together about how this information might be useful.