Use Bar Graphs to Compare
In grade 1, students use the relationship between addition and subtraction to solve and represent Compare problems. They create diagrams and write equations to represent how they think about the quantities within the Compare problems. In this lesson, students interpret bar graphs and use their visual structure to compare quantities. They write equations to represent comparisons and connect these equations to the structure of the bar graph (MP2). In upcoming lessons, students will use bar graphs to make sense of tape diagrams that represent Compare problems.
- Solve Compare problems with an unknown difference within 20.
- Write equations to represent Compare problems.
- Let’s use bar graphs to solve Compare problems.
|Activity 1||15 min|
|Activity 2||20 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
In future lessons, students will make sense of tape diagrams to represent Compare problems.
How does the work with the bar graphs today help build students’ understanding of this more abstract diagram?
- Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 2: Picture or Bar Graphs (Addressing)
- Shake and Spill (K–2), Stage 5: Cover (up to 20) (Supporting)