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Welcome to the Math Salamanders Bar Graph Worksheets.

Here you will find our range of bar and picture graph worksheets which involve reading and interpreting bar graphs.

There are a wide range of bar graph sheets suitable for children across the elementary age group, from 1st to 5th grade.

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Understanding Bar Graphs

When teaching children about bar graphs, there is usually a focus on getting children to draw and label a graph accurately which is worthwhile.

What is often neglected though, is the interpretation of bar graphs, and an analysis of what the data is showing.

This skills is equally as important as the skill of drawing the graph in the first place.

The sheets on this page involve interpreting bar graphs and answering questions about the data. There are also some activities which involve drawing missing bars, or saying whether a statement about the data is true or false.

It is really important that children look carefully at the scale on a bar graph so they can read and interpret it correctly.

There are also a few picture graphs (or pictograms) with each picture representing one or more units.

It is really important with pictographs to look at the key, so that they know how much each picture represents.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

- read and interpret bar graphs going up in different size steps;
- draw bars accurately from 2nd grade and upwards;
- answer questions involving data.

The worksheets have been split up by grade in the section below.

1st Grade Bar Graph Worksheets

At a first grade level, the bar graphs are shown very simply, with the scale going up in ones.

The pictograms are also simple with each symbol representing one unit.

The questions are straightforward and simply involve saying how much each bar is worth, or what the most or least is.

2nd Grade Bar Graph Worksheets

At a second grade level, the bar graphs are starting to become a little more complicated.

The scale might be going up in ones or twos.

The pictograms are still quite simple with each symbol representing one unit.

The questions are more varied now, asking how many more, or how many less. The interpretation of the graph is becoming a little more difficult.

3rd Grade Bar Graph Sheets

At a 3rd grade level, the bar graphs are now showing a range of different scales such as 2s, 5s, 10s, 100s.

The pictograms are becoming more complex with each symbol representing more than one unit.

The questions are more varied, asking how many more, or how many less, the total of several bars combined. The interpretation of the graph is becoming more difficult.

On this page there are a selection of bar and picture graphs, including bar graphs with real-life data such as tree heights.

4th Grade Bar Graph Sheets

At a 4th grade level, the bar graphs are becoming more complex and involve decimals and larger numbers.

The scales used at 4th grade are varied, and may include decimal scales.

The questions are probably at the same sort of level as 3rd grade, but the complexity of the data makes them harder.

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