Information drives our society. Research studies promote consumer choices, social changes, government policies, technological developments and more. As educators, we need to prepare little minds for important data-driven futures. The tally chart is easy to use and understand, so it is an excellent choice for first-time researchers.
Example of a blank tally chart for students to record data on occurrences over time. Directions: Pass out tally chart to students. Teacher performs some simple task (making announcements, reading a story, etc) and shifts between sitting and standing. Every once in a while, teacher jumps (or does other action). Students make tally marks on tally chart to record the number of times the teacher sits, stands, and jumps.