Lesson 4

Create Scaled Picture Graphs

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to create a scaled picture graph to represent categorical data.

Lesson Narrative

In a previous lesson, students interpreted and answered questions about scaled picture graphs. In this lesson, they gather and organize data about ways that students would like to travel and represent the data in a scaled picture graph with a scale of 2. Students make sense of how to represent a single student on a scaled picture graph that has a scale of 2.

Math Community

Explain to students that norms are expectations that help everyone in the room feel safe, comfortable, and productive doing math together. Tell students that some of these norms may apply to both you and me, however there may be things you need me to do to support you in doing math each day. Offer an example, such as “It may help us share our ideas as a whole class if we have the norm ‘Listen as others share their ideas.’” Tell students you will pause at two different points of the lesson to identify norms that help everyone do math.

  • Representation
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Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Represent data using scaled picture graphs.

Student Facing

  •  Let’s make a scaled picture graph.

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

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

Teacher Reflection Questions

What was the best question you asked students today? Why would you consider it the best one based on what students said or did?

Suggested Centers

  • Sort and Display (1–3), Stage 2: Picture or Bar Graphs (Supporting)
  • Capture Squares (1–3), Stage 3: Add within 20 (Supporting)

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