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Picture Graphs

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Grade 3 Measurement - 3.MD.B.3

What are Picture Graphs? We attempting to make sense of the world around us we often have sets of data that we are analyzing and trying to make sense of. This tool gives us a nice way to visually display that data. This can help us better understand a system and make educated guesses about trends or populations quickly. The graph is created by picking a picture in the form of an icon or symbol to represent a single data type. For example, if we were examining the animals in our woody backyard, we might have squirrels, birds, and chipmunks running around. We could use a visual for each animal to represent one instance of every animal in our backyard community. You can apply this tool to just about any situation we run into where we have smaller quantities of data to work with. You will find this often in newspaper articles that are trying to make a point to their readers. The visual seems to have a larger impact on readers than just pools of digits and numbers. These lessons and worksheets help students learn how to create and read picture graphs. We will walk you through all the steps of the process.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons




Homework Sheets

Lining these up perfectly took me hours.

  • Homework 1 - If the cost of one ball is $ 5, how much is the cost of all the balls?
  • Homework 2 - If we find out the number of cows we have on the graph, we can just multiply that number by 3 to find the total.
  • Homework 3 - Look at the pictograph and answer the following question. If the cost of one Book is $ 7, how much is the cost of all the books?



Practice Worksheets

These objects should all print out very nicely.

  • Practice 1 - Look at the pictograph and answer the following questions. If Die = a pair of dice (2), Who has the most dice?
  • Practice 2 - If the cost of one bicycle is $ 50, how much is the cost of the Jason's bicycles?
  • Practice 3 - Mr. Symonds class is holding a Rock-a-Thon to raise money. The class is divided into 4 teams to rock on rocking chairs on a Monday.



Math Skill Quizzes

I really enjoy having kids make their own pictograms too.

  • Quiz 1 - If the cost of 1 pair of jeans is 55$, what is the value of Loren's jeans?
  • Quiz 2 - How many people chose a coconut as their favorite fruit?
  • Quiz 3 - If the cost of 1 buffalo is $1,250, what is the value of all the farmers' buffalo?


When Should You Use Picture Graphs?

The use of graphs is an interesting way to help kids learn about organizing and visualizing data, hence making it easier for them to compare and solve problems. Looking at a bar graph or a picture graph, you can easily identify which color has the most or least cubes. In their real sense, they are actual pictures drawn for the purpose of depicting information visually. While bar graphs use colored blocks, they use pictures to represent the data. Both graphs are very similar to each other. However, a picture graph works well when dealing with small numbers. They most commonly are known as pictographs. They are used when you have data in a large quantity and want to represent it in an organized manner. Let's say; there are 4 shepherds each having 3 sheep. This can be easily depicted using a pictograph. In case the shepherds have more sheep, you can upgrade the pictorial scale as one sheep picture = 5 sheep. This indicates that picture graphs are best to be drawn when you have small or limited data and want to make kids learn about the actual representation of graphs.