Interpreting Data in a Bar Graph

Contributor: Marlene Vogel. Lesson ID: 10102

When you need to compare quantities, you can write down all kinds of numbers and try to picture the results. Or, using this lesson, you can learn the easy way to picture numbers with bar graphs!


Measurement and Data

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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You are getting ready to have a party for 20 of your friends, but you can only afford to buy 2 snacks. You ask everyone to let you know what their favorite snack is.

  • How can you arrange their answers so you can easily tell which 2 snacks are the most favorite among your friends?

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Being able to read information from a bar graph is an important skill!

Reading a graph allows us to understand large amounts of information quickly and simply.

Graphs are used in many areas of life, such as predicting weather, planning your monthly budget, and even seeing who is in the lead of a race.

There are many types of graphs, but this lesson is about how to interpret information from a bar graph. You will also learn the different parts of a graph.

Look at the sample bar graph below and answer the question that follows.

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  • Did you answer correctly?
  • How did you find the answer?

Yes! The first bar shows 4 insects, and the second shows 1 insect.

4 + 1 = 5

When you read a graph, you can see and understand information that is represented as data.

However, you also need to learn about the different parts of a graph. They help you understand the data in the graph.

Review the Camp Activities Bar Graph below with all the different parts labeled.

Camp Activities Bar Graph

There are many questions to ask about the graphs you are trying to understand or interpret.

To become familiar with these questions, look at the Favorite Gifts Bar Graph below and answer the questions that follow.

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Great job!

Continue to the Got It? section for some more practice.

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