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Graphing (Pictographs) Task Cards

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  10

  • Curriculum

    Curriculum:  CCSS, TEKS

  • Grade

    Grade:  1

  • Differentiated

    Differentiated:  Yes

Get graphing! Use these levelled pictograph task cards to show students a variety of data collection records, and have them create pictographs to represent that data.

Get Graphing! Pictograph Creation Activity 

Use this set of 12 task cards to prompt your students to create their very own simple pictographs! The tasks are leveled, using a one- (easiest) to three- (most difficult) star system. The set contains a combination of single interval and scaled interval pictograph prompt questions, and they are provided in word form, as tally charts, and in tables.

This resource includes:

a set of directions,

12 task cards,

2 leveled recording sheets, and

an answer key.

To use this resource, students choose a task card, read it, and create the graph on their recording sheets. 

Through this activity, students will demonstrate their ability to represent data for a categorical variable using one-to-one or many-to-one displays. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your statistics lessons

In addition to individual student work time, use this pictograph creation activity to enhance learning through guided maths groups, and whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by choosing the less difficult recording sheet, and guiding students where needed. 

Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, as well as posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Choose the more difficult recording sheet, and then have students create their own questions and data sets to challenge a fast-finishing friend!

🛴 Scoot Activity 

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answers in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download. 

Print on cardboard for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into write-and-wipe sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Brittany Kellogg, a teacher in Ohio and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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