Reading Bar Graphs (Basic)

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Interactive Math Activity - Reading Basic Bar Graphs

In this first-grade level math lesson, your students will become familiar with reading bar graphs. Colorful, easy-to-read bar graphs will be the basis for each math question in this interactive math activity. Students will be presented with a variety of data in bar graphs. They will be expected to read each bar graph and answer either a multiple-choice question or fill-in-the-blank question. Upon completion of this math lesson, your students will have gained practical knowledge in reading bar graphs.

Your class will enjoy the wide variety of math questions they get to answer in this activity. For example, your students may be shown a bar graph featuring flowers in a garden. They may be asked, "How many flowers are in the garden total?" Or your students may be given a bar graph featuring animals on a farm. They may be asked, "How many pigs are on the farm?" Every question includes an optional hint that students can click if they get stuck. The hint displays a more detailed bar graph to help them figure out the answer. When students answer incorrectly, a detailed explanation page shows them where they went wrong. Your students will be actively engaged and learning from their mistakes as the progress through the lesson.

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This online math lesson is classified as Level A. It may be ideal for a first-grade class.

Common Core Standard

1.MD.4, MA.1.DP.1.2, MA.1.NSO.1.1, MA.1.NSO.1.4, 1.8C
Measurement And Data

Represent And Interpret Data.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

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