Lesson Plan

Bar Graphs: Interpreting Data

In this lesson, students will make bar graphs and interpret data using real-life data from other students. They will get practice writing and answering survey questions.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to make a bar graph to represent data.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
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  • Take a quick poll from students on what their favorite season is.
  • Use tally marks, and record results on the board.
  • Tell students that today they are going to use data to make bar graphs. Explain to the students that data are facts or statistics that are collected to help us learn more about something. Say, "We can create bar graphs from the data we collect! A bar graph is a visual display of bars that compares quantities or numbers."


  • Define data, poll, and bar graph in student-friendly language (English and home language) prior to the lesson.
  • Have students record the vocabulary words in their math journals in their home language (L1) and English. Use accompanying visuals to support student understanding.


  • Ask students to do a think-pair-share, explaining why data and bar graphs are important.
  • Use sentence stems and frames to support student discussion.

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