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Rodeo Round-Up

DiAnn Shores


Students survey kindergarten through fifth grade teachers and construct a class graph of the teachers' favorite events at the rodeo.


The student displays solutions to problems by generating, collecting, organizing, and analyzing data using simple graphs and charts.

The student uses the senses, tools, and instruments to obtain information from his or her surroundings.


-Survey (one copy per group - see attached file)
-Clipboard (one per group)
-Pencil (one per group)
-Paper for class graph (18”x24” manila paper divided into five sections)
-Checklist for assessment purposes (see attached file)


1. A list of teachers at each grade level.
2. Prepare a survey that reads, “Which event at the Rodeo do you enjoy?” Then list the four categories: barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping, and bull riding. Attach a grade level teacher name list to the survey. (See associated file for an example of survey.)
3. Prepare a graph on manila paper (18” x 24”) that reads, “Which event at the Rodeo do you enjoy?” across the top. Divide the remainder of the paper into five equal sections. At the bottom of each section write one of the following: barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf roping, bull riding, and never been to a rodeo. Post graph to be used later in lesson.
4. Divide children into six groups. (One group for each grade level – kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth.) Assign each group a grade level to visit.
5. Gather background information about rodeos and brief yourself before teaching this lesson.
6. The day before let teachers in the building know that kindergarten students will be coming around to do a survey of them only.
7. Arrange for six students from fourth or fifth grade to escort children from room to room.


1. Prior to this lesson children have been working on various types of graphs in the classroom, using tally marks, collecting data, constructing graphs, and analyzing data by comparing which group had the most, which group had the least, and how many more did one group have over another group.

2. Bring in several items that relate to rodeos (saddles, ropes, spurs, hats, etc.) and display in the classroom.

3. Ask the children if they have ever been to a rodeo. Discuss which event they enjoyed the most. Tell the children they will be doing a survey of the teachers in their building about their favorite event at a rodeo. If you feel that by leaving your classroom would be putting your children at too much of a risk, an alternative would be to survey only the children in the classroom.

4. Give a brief description of each event:
Barrel racing - the rider (on a horse) goes around three barrels that are evenly spaced in a cloverleaf pattern without knocking over a barrel in the shortest amount of time possible;
Calf-roping- the rider (on a horse) will throw a rope to catch a calf and throw the calf and tie three legs with a pigging string. The calf must not be able to break free of the tie for five seconds. Again this is done in the smallest amount of time.
Steer wrestling- the rider (on a horse) runs from behind a barrier, jumps from their horse and wrestles the steer to the ground in the shortest amount of time.
Bull-riding- the rider on a bull comes out of the chute and with one hand in the air at all times and spurs moving back and forth on the shoulder area of the bucking bull must stay on for eight seconds.

5. Model how to enter the classroom, and present the clipboard to the teacher. Stress to the children if the teachers are speaking, to wait until he/she has finished speaking before they say anything.
6. Model the speech the children should say to the teacher, such as -Our class is doing a survey of the teachers in our building to see which event they enjoy the most at a rodeo. Would you please put a tally mark by the event you enjoy the most? Please put a check mark by your name so we can be sure we have gotten everyone in the building. Thank you for helping our class.- Give the students time to role-play entering the classroom and presenting the speech.

7. Divide children into six groups and assign a student helper (if you choose to use them) to each group. Let group members decide who will carry the clipboard, hold the pencil, and talk to the teacher. Send out children with helpers to do survey.

8. When all children have arrived back in the classroom, direct their attention to the large graph. Ask each group to come to the graph and count the number of tallies that needs to be put on the whole school graph.

9. When all tallies have been graphed, count the number of tallies and discuss with the children which group had the most, the least, and how many more did one group have than another.


Each group should return to the classroom with each teacher’s name checked off on the teacher list and a tally mark for the event they enjoy the most at a Rodeo. Each group’s survey will be displayed beside the class graph.
A completed class graph of the results of the teacher survey will be displayed in the classroom.
Each student will be individually assessed on which group had the most, the least, and how many more one group had over another.
Children will do an individual graph of one class' information and answer questions of which had the most, the least, and how many more one group had over another during conference time.


Children can do a graph of their own to show their favorite event at a rodeo. They also can dress in western style clothing the day they do the surveys. The children may write about what they did and illustrate the writing.

Attached Files

This is a teacher survey of favorite event at rodeo.     File Extension: pdf

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