Lesson 8

Interpret Picture Graphs

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to read and interpret a picture graph, which is a standard way of representing data.

Lesson Narrative

In the previous lesson, students looked at different ways to organize data to make it easier to ask and answer questions about data. In this lesson, students are introduced to a picture graph as a way to represent data. Throughout the lesson, students make sense of the structure and features of a picture graph as they consider what they can learn from a picture graph and the types of questions a picture graph can and cannot be used to answer. They use picture graphs to answer questions about how many are in a category as well as questions that ask them to combine or compare categories.
  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Answer questions based on a picture graph.
  • Determine whether a question can be answered by a given picture graph.
  • Interpret data represented in a picture graph.

Student Facing

  • Let’s answer questions based on picture graphs.

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards

Building On


Lesson Timeline

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

Teacher Reflection Questions

Reflect on 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

  • How Close? (1–5), Stage 3: Add to 100 (Addressing)
  • Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 1: Any Way (Supporting)

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