Bar Graph Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students learning about bar graphs will enjoy this video lesson. Define and identify different types of bar graphs, then put learning to the test with a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the features and benefits of bar graphs
  • identify and define types of bar graphs
  • explain uses of bar graphs
  • create bar graphs and apply data


45 minutes to 1 hour


  • One of the following:
    • Task cards with varying types of data for the bar graphs used in this lesson, such as weather data and wins vs. losses for a sports team; one for each pairing of students OR
    • Situational question task cards students will use to gather data, such as, 'How many students like chocolate ice cream vs. vanilla,' and 'Number of students wearing jeans.'

Key Vocabulary

  • Axis
  • Bar graph
  • Simple bar graph
  • Vertical bar graph
  • Horizontal bar graph
  • Range bar graph
  • Histogram
  • Complex bar graph
  • Grouped bar graph
  • Composite bar graph

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.A.2

Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions).

  • CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.B.5

Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.

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