Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Graphing Measurement: Analyzing Attributes of Objects Heights and Weights

Subject Area

Digital Literacy and Computer Science




In this learning activity, students will collaboratively create a Google Form to collect data about the measurements of random objects found within the classroom. The goal of the learning activity is to (1) introduce students to using informal language (short, tall, heavy, light, etc.) to describe an object's height and weight, (2) how to collect data, (3) how to analyze data to find trends, patterns, and other important information about the objects. The teacher will lead the students in the process of creating a Google Form to collect data and then use the data in a spreadsheet to create charts to find trends and patterns about the objects analyzed within the classroom. This learning activity would be a great opportunity for students to practice the informal vocabulary used to describe attributes of the measurement of objects.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS Resource Development Summit.

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): KG


    Collect data and organize it in a chart or graph collaboratively.

    Unpacked Content



    • graph
    • spreadsheet
    • data


    Students know:
    • data can be collected in various ways.
    • results of data can be depicted in various ways.


    Students are able to:
    • collect data using simple methods such as tally sheets, paper squares, voting.
    • as a group build simple graphs on paper.
    • as a group enter simple data into a spreadsheet.


    Students understand that:
    • data can be collected in various ways.
    • results of data can be shared in various ways such as graphs, picture charts.
    Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): KG


    Use a variety of digital devices, in both independent and collaborative settings.

    Unpacked Content



    Students know:
    • basic features of various digital devices.


    Students are able to:
    • use basic features of handheld/mobile devices collaboratively.
    • use basic features of handheld/mobile devices independently.
    • use basic features of desktops and laptops collaboratively.
    • use basic features of desktops and laptops independently.


    Students understand that:
    • they can interact with apps on handheld devices via touch.
    • they can access programs and software on computing devices.
    • they can enter information in various ways.
    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG


    Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, height) of a single object using vocabulary such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.

    Unpacked Content



    • Attribute


    Students know:
    • how to describe similarities and differences in objects.


    Students are able to:
    • Describe measurable attributes of objects using informal language.


    Students understand that:
    • objects can be described by using measurable attributes.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to:

    • describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight.
    • describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
    • enter data into a form/spreadsheet and use that data to construct a chart or graph.
    • design charts and graphs using a spreadsheet.

    Activity Details

    Whole group activity :

    1. Students will participate in a discussion on how to informally describe the height and weight of objects. (The discussion will be a review activity as the concept will have already been taught.)

    2. Students will discuss the question: “How can we collect data to find patterns among our objects?” (Directing questions/statements: We could tally all the tall objects and short objects, and then what do we do with the tallies when we are finished?)

    3. Students will discuss the question: “How can we see the data to find patterns among our objects?” (Directing questions/statements for the discussion: We can line the objects up or categorize them, but what if we had 100 more objects? Would that be efficient? Can we make a chart to show how many tall objects? short objects? etc.)

    4. The teacher will say: “Today we are going to make a Google Form that will help us collect our data about our objects.”

      1. “What kinds of questions can we ask about our objects that will help us collect data?” (Guiding question: What describing words can we use?)

      2. Model creating a Google Form by adding questions that allow students to choose the informal vocabulary words to describe the height and weight of objects. [Sample Google Form link]

      3. Then the teacher will model how to use the Google Form so students in the group will be able to input the data multiple times for each object the group is given.

    Group Activity:

    1. Divide students into groups of four or an appropriate number for your number of students.

    2. Each group will get a bag of random objects varying in height and weight.

    3. Each group will need one device to access the Google Form to input data.

    4. The group will work together to describe the height and weight of each object and input the data into the Google Form. (Make sure students are using the link to submit another response when the option is given at the end of a form submission.)

    5. Once all data is input into the Google Form by all the groups, each group will discuss how to best “see” the data to find patterns among the objects using the data.

    Whole Group Discussion & Analysis of Data

    1. The teacher will access the spreadsheet of data from the Google Form. [Link to Directions]

    2. The students will begin to see in the spreadsheet how many objects were described as each informal vocabulary term.

    3. The teacher will then prompt students to think of ways to “see” the data through a chart. Discuss the various kinds of charts to get students to think about what type of chart will best let them “see” patterns.

    4. The teacher will show students how to make a chart in Google Sheets to “see” the patterns of objects from the data.

    Group Activity:

    1. Each group will create a chart using the data collected by the whole class to find patterns among the objects measured.

    2. Groups will then present their chart and discuss the patterns they found among the data of the objects.

    3. During group presentations, be sure to have all the objects analyzed displayed in the front of the room to see if the patterns gathered from the data and charts accurately match the patterns students will be able to see from the objects themselves.

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will formatively assess students' demonstration of using informal vocabulary to describe the measurement of objects through observation and data input into the Google Form. The teacher will also formatively assess through observation students demonstrating digital literacy skills such as locating letters and numbers on a keyboard and using a digital device collaboratively.

    The teacher can conference and discuss with each group the chart the group created. The teacher will be able to understand how each group chose to make the chart, represented data, and interpreted the data to find patterns.

    (Optional rubric for the oral presentations component can be found in the variation tips section of the activity.)

    Variation Tips

    Optional assessment: Oral Presentation Rubric - From BIE for K-2 Students

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    1. The teacher will have already taught the concept of describing the height and weight of objects using informal vocabulary.

    2. The teacher will need to collect random objects from the classroom and/or bring in other objects from other classrooms or from home. The objects should vary in weight and height.

    3. Model the process of how the best way to collect data is depending on the type of data and how you want to analyze it.

    4. Model how to input data into a Google Form.

    Digital Tools / Resources