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Lesson 5: Using Bar Graphs

Use these interactive activities to encourage students to have fun on the Web while learning about using bar graphs. Students can try these activities on their own or in pairs.


Answer questions about data using bar graphs.

Builds Upon

Student Book pages 98–99

Instructions for Use

Bugs in the System has students organize data into a bar graph by clearing different rooms of bugs. Then students answer questions about the data by comparing bar graphs. Note that some students may need extra support with understanding the different scales of the graphs.

Click “Instructions” to read how to play the game, then click “Play.” Click on each floating bug and drag it into the column with the same colour beneath it. When all the bugs have been caught, click “OK” to go to the next room. After cleaning 3 rooms of bugs, read the question below the graphs and click the room number to the right to answer the question.

Animal Island Data asks students questions about data shown on bar graphs.

Click the “Hard” level, then click “Play” to begin. Look at the clipboard for the animal’s name in red, then read the bar graph to find out how many of that animal there are. Select that number from the blue text at the top of the clipboard. When complete, click “Play Again” to repeat a different problem for the same level.

Bar Graphs (SMART Notebook-Compatible) has students answer questions about data presented in bar graphs. You should set this activity up for students. You may want to adapt the SMART Notebook file to suit your class.

Answer the question about the bar graph on each page.