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Lesson Plan: Snow (Math - Grade 2)

Subject:  Math

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To answer questions based on a bar graph

Common Core StandardCCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.D.10- Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1 using information presented in a bar graph.




  • What is a bar graph?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • A bar graph is a graph that uses bars that are shaped like rectangles to show the amount or value of something. 
  • The bars on a bar graph can go up and down, which is called vertical.  They can also go side to side, which is called horizontal.
  • A bar graph is used to easily compare the amount of something.  There are numbers listed on the side or bottom of the bar graph.  There are also labels under or next to the bars so that you know what each bar stands for.
  • Before creating a bar graph, you must gather information about a topic, such as favorite ice cream.  You interview people and ask them what type of ice cream is their favorite.  You would keep track of the number of people who said each type of ice cream.
  • After you have gathered the information, you would create the bar graph.  For example, if 10 people like vanilla ice cream, 6 people like chocolate, 4 people like strawberry and 8 people like chocolate chip, you would create bars showing those different numbers.
  • You could then easily compare the numbers or people who liked the different types of ice cream.
  • Now, you are going to be looking at a bar graph and then answering questions about it.  When you are done, we will go over all of the answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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