Graphing with Candy: Tally, Pictograph, Bar Graph, & Line Plot

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Kerry Tracy Feel-Good Teaching
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This activity helps teach/review basic graphing skills: tally marks, bar graphs, pictographs, line plots and answering questions based on data. I usually use Skittles® (because they don't melt) or M&Ms®, but any candies of different colors will do!

The end product is colorful and substantive. I glued their graph page next to "answering questions based on data page" on 12x18 in. construction paper. It looks great hanging on the wall for Open House, Back-to-School Night, or anytime, really!

Students sort candies by color and:

- Create a tally chart

- Create a pictograph

- Create a bar graph

- Create a line plot

- Answer questions related to their data

- Create a question using their data

This download includes:

  • Teacher directions
  • Four versions of data collection display to choose from (see details in the preview)
    • Each version has an option with all labels filled in (titles, x-axis, y-axis, scale) and another option where students fill in all labels

  • One student page for using data to answer/create questions
  • One bonus student page to create question cards to share with others for extra practice
  • An editable file, so you can make adjustments, if you like!

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Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.


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