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Pictograph, Bar Graph, & Dot Plot Match-Up (Scaled Intervals)

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3

Use data analysis skills to match tally charts and frequency tables with their corresponding bar graph, pictograph, or dot plot.

📊 Practice Matching Bar Graphs, Pictographs, and Dot Plots

Bar graphs, pictographs, dot plots … OH MY! Are your students practicing how to analyze different types of graphs? As we all know, graphs are an excellent way to display data or information visually. Once your students learn the basics of how to read each type of graph, answering questions and analyzing the data will be a breeze! Why not practice matching data to its corresponding chart while having fun? With this resource, students will have experience matching tally charts and frequency tables with a scaled bar graph, pictograph, or dot plot.

To play:

  1. Place the frequency and tally chart tables in one pile on the table. 
  2. Shuffle the bar graph, pictograph, and title cards. Spread them out face-up in the middle of the table. 
  3. Choose a frequency table or tally chart table and find the matching title and graph. 
  4. Set the match of 3 cards to the side. 
  5. Continue until all cards have been matched.

Through this activity, students will show they can interpret bar graphs, pictographs, and dot plots by matching each with a corresponding frequency or tally mark table.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

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

In addition to individual student work time, use this data analysis activity to enhance learning through guided math groups or 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 limiting the number of cards they are required to match. Additionally, students can complete this activity in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who may need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to create three different types of graphs for the same data set. Students can draw the charts on either a separate piece of paper or on a whiteboard.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

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


This resource was created by Allie Kleijnjans, a teacher in Pennsylvania and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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