Bar Graphs and Pictographs | Graphing 3rd Grade | 3.MD.3

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This 3rd grade graphing unit includes EVERYTHING you need to teach bar graphs and pictographs in your classroom in a FUN way! In 3rd grade, students practice answering questions about graphs as well as creating their own bar graphs and pictographs. There are graphing mini lessons, graphing games, graphing activities, and graphing worksheets provided. The resource aligns with 3.MD.3. This graphing math pack has 150+ pages included.

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Students first learn how to answer questions about bar graphs and pictographs. They then move on to making bar graphs and pictographs.



There are 2 mini-lessons included. In the first mini-lesson, students create a bar graph using data they collect from their classmates and then answer questions about a bar graph too. In the second mini-lesson, students create a pictograph using data they collect from their classmates and answer questions about pictographs.


Students solve graphing questions in different formats. There are questions about bar graphs, pictographs, and data in a chart. Students also practice creating graphs in some of the graphing worksheets. In some of the worksheets, students look at the provided silly graphs and come up with 4 questions for each graph. Then, they trade papers with a partner, and their partner solves the questions about the graph that they drew.


Students look at four different work samples and decide which pages are right and which are wrong based on what is shown. These are perfect for math talk or whole group discussions. The error analysis pages help with evaluating common third grade math mistakes.


Students roll the dice 20 times. They make a bar graph or pictograph using the data they get from rolling the dice.


Students ask their peers a question and make a graph of the data they find!


Students solve 36 task cards and get to move forward on the game board each time they correctly answer a question.


Each player gets a background to build their ocean scene on. Playing cards and ocean pieces go in the middle. Each time you get an answer correct, you earn a piece for your ocean scene. Chance cards are provided to spice up gameplay. You never know who’s going to win with these included! The first person to finish getting 10 items in their ocean scene wins!


I call this game "Bucket Filler!". Set up the task cards all around the room for students. Print enough of each task card for every student. Give each student a recording sheet. Let students wander the room and solve each task card. When they solve a card, they bring it to the teacher to be checked. If it's correct, they get to drop the task card in a bucket. At the end of gameplay, the teacher draws names out of the bucket. Those students earn a small prize as a reward (an eraser, a pencil, etc).


This aligns with 3rd Grade Common Core 3.MD.3:

  • Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step "how many more" and "how many less" problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs.

This aligns with 3rd Grade Texas TEKS:

  • TEKS 3.8A: summarize a data set with multiple categories using a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, or bar graph with scaled intervals
  • TEKS 3.8B: solve one- and two-step problems using categorical data represented with a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, or bar graph with scaled intervals

This aligns with Florida BEST Standards (B.E.S.T.)

  • MA.3.DP.1.1 Collect and represent numerical and categorical data with whole-number values using tables, scaled pictographs, scaled bar graphs or line plots. Use appropriate titles, labels and units.
  • MA.3.DP.1.2 Interpret data with whole-number values represented with tables, scaled pictographs, circle graphs, scaled bar graphs or line plots by solving one- and two-step problems.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.


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