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Bar Graph Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students learning about bar graphs will enjoy this Study.com 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

Length:

45 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • 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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