Picture graphs are an interesting, introductory way for students to learn how to count and track data. Younger students will love graphing the number of sheep a farmer has when they can use stickers to represent those data points. Take advantage of practicing picture graphs to simultaneously study telling time by counting the number of cars that pass by each minute.
Visualize It: Picture Graphs Resources
Graphs are a way of visually presenting data to easily compare and contrast statistics, demonstrate trends and display other useful information in a digestible way. The Learning Library is complete with picture graphs resources, including printable worksheets, hands-on activities and workbooks, for children to practice graphing.
Bar graphs and pie charts are often seen in business proposals and news reports, so it is necessary to know how to interpret them. Worksheets like Garden Graphing, Practice Graphs and Circle Graph familiarize students with these ubiquitous charts. There are printout assignments on pictographs and Venn Diagrams, too. Tally Chart: At the Sushi Counter has kids count and tally the number or popular sushi rolls then answer questions based on their findings.
For more graphing exercises in one place, there are a handful of printable books teachers and parents can access from the library. A Valentine's Day-themed book is a popular choice and is complete with an entire section dedicated to data and graphing. Dive Into Data serves as an introduction to tally charts, bar graphs and more for first graders.
The picture graphs resources take numbers and make them concrete so students can consider statistics from a new angle.