Grade 3

Bar Graphing

Computational Thinker
Bar Graph


Students play a little game to catch germs. Then they sort them into like groups. Then they complete the building of a bar graph.

The site will be used for this activity. There are free activities throughout the site, but you will need to create an account to access them. There is a fee to access all the resources. 

Students will:

  • Be able to sort like items and then create a bar graph.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Enable: Enable is to give someone or something the authority to do something.
  2. Sort: To sort is to categorize things with a common feature.
  3. Bar graph: A bar graph is a diagram in which the numerical values of variables are represented by the height or length of lines or rectangles of equal width.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher will log onto and create a free account.

  • The teacher should create a class within their account. Students will receive a code for login. Cards can be downloaded for students with information.

  • Search for Bar Graphing with Roly.

  • Click the assign button.

  • Have students log onto  with their login code.

  • Show students where the assignment is located.

  • Prior to assignment introduce bar graphs with this video.

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Directions for this activity:

  1. The Teacher provides the student with login information.
  2. Students log in with the code to
  3. Students locate assignment.
  4. Students complete assignment.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Have students collect their own data on a given topic and create a bar graph of their own.
  • Create questions using data from the bar graph and have them pair with a student to solve.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Computational Thinker
5a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
5b. Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
5d. Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

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Bar Graphing with Roly


Bar Graphs for 2nd Grade Kids - Create your own Bar Graph


Students will complete a writing piece explaining the bar graph.

The students will create a paper graph.

  • The students use a graph for Math Talks.
  • Have students write math equations using the data.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, January 2019.