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Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade PK

Algebra | Geometry | Measurement | Statistics | Probability | Number | Processes

Clarifications: Each clarification provides an explanation of the indicator/objective to help teachers better understand the concept. Classroom examples are often included to further illustrate the concept. While classroom examples could be shared with the students, the intended audience for the explanation/clarification is the classroom teacher-not the student. In addition, classroom examples may or may not reflect the assessment limits.

Standard 4.0 Knowledge of Statistics

Topic A. Data Displays

Indicator 1. Explore and display data

Objective a. Explore data by answering a yes/no question


Providing students with opportunities to ask and answer questions will greatly enhance their development of language skills as well as provide a foundation for future experiences that students will encounter.

Yes/no questions build the foundation for future decision making and more complex question scenarios. These questions can be presented in a "Question of the Day" format that students experience as part of the daily routine. A question (e.g., "Do you have a dog at your house?") can be displayed in a regular place within the classroom. This question can change daily or weekly depending on the time of the year. Student name cards or pictures can be used in the answering of the question. Name cards can be placed under a "yes" column or a "no" column. Ask questions that can be visually verified ( e.g. color of hair, shoes, clothing worn that day, etc.) or "favorite" questions.
Examples of questions that could be asked are:

  • Are you wearing tennis shoes today?
  • Do you have brown eyes?
  • Do you like pizza?
  • Do you like apples?

This is also a great way to take attendance at the beginning of the day. As part of the opening of the day, the question can be reviewed and discussed with the class. Presenting questions in this format enhances daily routines as well as provides students with opportunities to make choices and share ideas.

Resources for Objective 4.A.1.a:
CLARIFICATIONS | Prerequisites | Lesson Seeds | Thinking Skills | Sample Assessments |