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Graphing Word Problems

3.MD.B.3 and 5.OA.4
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Grade 3 Measurement and 5 Operations - 3.MD.B.3 and 5.OA.4

How Do Graphs Help Us Explain Data? Graphs are one of the common ways of representing data. They help us visually understand numbers and figures. Graphs are mainly used for representing a relationship between two identities or variables. Any form of graph will give you a visual display of data that was either given to you or that you actually collected. Being able to see the data in this form allows you to understand trends in single data sets. When you compare multiple graphs, you can see how one trial or event compares to a previous event. This can tell us which event was more or less effective. It can also allow us to predict the outcome of future events or trials, with a high level of certainty. There is tremendous need for people in the workforce that can create, read, and interpret graphs to make predictions. Atmospheric scientists study and interpret graphs of temperature, pressure, and precipitation to make solid guesses on what the weather has in store for us. Medical researchers track the progress of clinical trials to provide us with medicine that can save our lives or at least enhance it. Actuaries track risk data that helps us understand risks in certain industries. Economists track changes in society and business data to make predictions on the future of the world's economy. This series of worksheets and lessons shows students how to tackle word problems that include the use of graphs.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons




Homework Sheets

We work with fundraisers and double line graphs in this series.

  • Homework 1 - Blackbourne Middle School had 5 different fundraisers during the school year to raise funds for a big end of year party. After each fundraiser was completed, the data was entered into this bar graph. Use the graph to answer the following questions.
  • Homework 2 - Ben and Brianna have been collecting cards for a popular trading card game for 6 years. After the first year, they decided to compare how many each of them had at the end of every year. The graph below is the record of those 5 years.
  • Homework 3 - The graph below represents the amount of lemonade sold per hour during the day. Use the line graph to answer the questions.



Practice Worksheets

We look at all the major forms of interpreting graphs.

  • Practice 1 - Mrs. Smith's class was asked what their favorite fruit was. The graph shows the number of students who liked each fruit. Use the graph to answer the questions
  • Practice 2 - Was there an increase or decrease in the amount of yards Tony mowed between Tuesday and Wednesday?
  • Practice 3 - Zoe worked all summer to earn money for a new laptop. She kept track of her earnings from her separated jobs to see which job she earned more from.



Math Skill Quizzes

This quiz set builds through repetition and skill level.

  • Quiz 1 - How many people live in Frankfort, Topeka and Helena combined?
  • Quiz 2 - Beth, and Aiden are working to finish reading their novels for English class. They decided to see who could read the most in one week. Below, the line graph is a recording of how many pages they each read during one week.
  • Quiz 3 - A local carnival took a survey to find out which of their rides teenagers liked the most. Their results are recorded on the bar graph below.