Lesson 2

Represent Data and Solve Problems

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to solve one- and two-step problems about data represented in bar graphs.

Lesson Narrative

Students solved one-step problems about data in grade 2. In this lesson, students first create a picture graph and bar graph that represent how they get home from school. Then, they solve one- and two- step “how many more” and “how many fewer” problems using data presented in a bar graph. Consider launching the lesson with a read-a-loud of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson.

Math Community

Tell students they will have a chance to revise their math community ideas at the end of this lesson. As they work today they should think about actions that may be missing from the current list.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Represent data using bar graphs and picture graphs.
  • Solve one- and two-step problems using addition and subtraction within 20.

Student Facing

  • Let’s create graphs and answer questions.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a visual display with a blank bar graph that will be large enough to fit a column of sticky notes in each category.

CCSS Standards

Building On


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Think about who participated in math class today. What assumptions are you making about those who did not participate? How can you leverage each of your students’ ideas to support them in being seen and heard in tomorrow’s math class?

Suggested Centers

  • Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 2: Picture or Bar Graphs (Supporting)
  • Capture Squares (1–3), Stage 3: Add within 20 (Supporting)

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