Mrs. Dennison's Second Grade Class
Flower Mound Elementary
Flower Mound, Texas

Our second grade class has been reading stories and poetry about fall as we also enjoy the cooler temperatures of autumn in Texas. Students have written circular and acrostic poetry using Microsoft Word. These are posted under “Student Work” on our web page. We also wrote a class acrostic poem “Fall is Here! We love It!  Some of our favorite poetry books include: Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur, Pieces: A year In Poem & Quilts by Anna Hines, and Autumnblings by Douglas Florian.

Our reading story this week was Lemonade For Sale by Stuart J. Murphy, and the children in the story made a bar graph to monitor the amount of lemonade that they sold. So the childen were assigned a graphing homework activity. The assignment was to choose 5 fun fall activities and survey 10 people to find out what their choice was for their favorite fall activity. In the computer lab we used Microsoft Excel to make bar graphs of the results similar to those depicted in our story. Then we changed the bar graphs to picture graphs. Please see the sample graph and directions for making a pictograph in Excel below.  We also used Kidspiration to create a graphic organizer to depict things that we like to do in the fall.

Click HERE to download Kidspiration file.

Using Excel To Make a Pictograph

1. Enter data and highlight to make a chart. Click on the Chart Wizard tool at the top of the screen.
2. Select a column or bar graph, clicking Next as prompted, typing in a Chart Title, and labeling the x and y axes.
3. Click O.K. to save the graph as an object in Excel.
4. Click once on the bars to select all of the bars. Then click again on the edge of one of the bars to select just one.
5. From the Draw menu (View/Toolbars/Drawing) and insert a picture or clip art.
6. Your picture may be stretched, but don’t panic.
7. To fix this, right click on the picture bar, which is now your stretched picture.
8. Select Format Data Point.
 9. In the Format Data Point window, click on Fill Effects.
10. Under Format, select Stack and Scale to: 1 units/picture
11. Click and drag on a corner to resize the chart.
12. Click on another bar and follow the same steps, selecting a different picture.


Language Arts TEKS (2.14) Writing/purposes. The student writes for a variety of audiences and purposes, and in various forms.
Math TEKS (2.6) Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student uses patterns to describe relationships and make predictions

Patricia Knox & Susan Silverman - Fall Into Autumn 2004