In the first activity, students are introduced to the idea of using one symbol in a picture graph rather than a picture based on the category. They may find it easier and more efficient to use a symbol when drawing their graphs. In the second activity, students attend to the features of bar graphs as they draw a bar graph to represent a given set of categorical data. The work of this lesson connects to upcoming lessons as students move from a discrete representation of numbers with the picture graph to a continuous representation of numbers with the bar graph. From there, students use bar graphs to help them understand tape diagrams in later lessons.
Students use the graphs they create in this lesson in the following lesson.
- Explain how picture graphs, bar graphs, and tables represent the same data.
- Represent data using a picture graph and a bar graph.
- Let’s make our own picture graphs and bar graphs.
Materials to Gather
Materials to Copy
- Data Tables
- Picture and Bar Graph Template
- Each student needs 1 data table from the blackline master. Each student in a group of 2 may receive different data tables.
|Activity 1||20 min|
|Activity 2||15 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
- Shake and Spill (K–2), Stage 5: Cover (up to 20) (Addressing)
- Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 1: Any Way (Supporting)
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