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Tally Charts

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Grade 3 Measurement - 3.MD.B.3

What Are Tally Charts Used For? Counting can be tricky for sure. Have you ever wondered how people who lived in the earlier civilizations would count? The most obvious, and the first-ever method for counting, was through hands. Counting on fingers eventually developed as a method of communication. With time, methods for counting started evolving. Between 40,000 to 25,000 years ago, European and African cultures started marking lines on notched bones called Ishango Bones. These lines were the initiation of tally marks, which are now used in tally charts. Notches were carved into the bones for denoting numbers with tally marks. This can be considered as the first tally chart for showing data collection and its representation. So, when we see packets of four cut by a fifth line, the symbol is known as a tally mark. These tally marks represent valuable data. Tally charts are used throughout the world for a visual representation of the data. They are easier to understand and count numbers easily. These worksheets and lessons will help students learn how to use and interpret tally charts.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

Try as I did, I could not fit clip art in here to make them pretty.

  • Homework 1 - A manager watched which cuisine was ordered most at a restaurant. He looked at four specific cuisines and tallied them as he saw them ordered.
  • Homework 2 - See the tally chart to answer this question.
  • Homework 3 - Color the grid according to the tally marks to make a basic pictograph.

Practice Worksheets

I had some really fun making these sheets.

  • Practice 1 - A shopkeeper watched which toy kids preferred to buy.
  • Practice 2 - Which is the least popular form of dance, from the survey?
  • Practice 3 - Color according to the tally marks.

Math Skill Quizzes

Answer a questions and then make a graph of the tallies. A cross standard, if you will.

  • Quiz 1 - How many people chose Lewis as their favorite brand?
  • Quiz 2 - Tally the number of images and write the tally marks.
  • Quiz 3 - How many people did not choose a Teddy as their favorite toy?