Kindergarten children are always eager to respond to a survey question asked on the morning message. Sometimes responses are as simple as writing your name in a yes or no column, and other times may require to choose one of three things, such as your favorite ice cream flavor. The teachers have introduced tally marks as a new way of organizing and collecting data. Tally marks are a way for the children to keep a record of a count, and also serves as a practical way to practice skip counting by 5's and adding on from the highest number. This week one way that children practiced using tally marks as an organizational tool for data collection, was by generating their own question to ask other class members and recording responses with a tally mark.