It’s time to track time! This time, we’re moving on to time-measurement and management.
What You’ll Need
Clock or watch, newspaper, blank paper, and graph paper (can be hand-drawn)
What to Do
- Together with your child, keep track of the time he or she spends watching television as well as doing homework. Make a table listing the 7 days of 1 week. Keep two columns, one for television and one for homework. At the end of the week, see if you could make a graph together comparing the two different activity columns.
- While watching television, make a chart showing how much time in every hour is used for commercials compared to how much time is used for the actual show. Do this for every half-hour of television you watch. Then make a bar or pie chart showing the two amounts. Time the minutes carefully.
- Together with your child, keep track of how he or she spends time in one 24-hour period: time spent sleeping, eating, playing, reading, and going to school. Measure a strip of paper that is 24 cm long. Let each centimetre represent 1 hour. Colour in the number of hours for each activity, using a different colour for each activity. When finished, make the strip into a circle and place it on a blank piece of paper. Trace around the circle. Then make lines from the centre of the circle to the end of each colour. Your child has just made a circle (pie) chart of how he or she spends 24 hours. Compare this with how other people in your family spend their time.
Parent Pointer: Statistics includes collecting information, analysing it, and describing or presenting the findings in an organised way.