Interpret Information in Bar Graphs

In this worksheet, students will interpret information in some bar graphs.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Statistics

Curriculum subtopic:   Present Data Using Charts and Graphs

Difficulty level:

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we're going to interpret information presented to us in a bar graph.

Here is an example of a bar graph/chart.

What children had for lunch

What this bar graph is telling us:

The bar graph is showing some data about what children had for lunch.

The orange bar represents school lunch and the green bar represents packed lunch.

We can see the days of the week across the bottom.

The numbers up the side tell us the number of children.

The scale is going up by twenty each time.

There is a key to show us what each bar is telling us (packed lunch or school lunch).

Now, let's solve a problem related to this bar graph.

Example

How many children in total had a packed lunch?

We can see that the green bar represents packed lunch.

We need to find the  total for each day by reading the information and then adding these totals together.

20 + 100 + 80 + 40 = 240 (we can see that there were no packed lunches on Friday).

Top Tips:

Remember to read the scale on the bar graph carefully.

Putting a piece of paper across the top of a bar can help us to read a total correctly.

Now it's your turn to interpret some data  - good luck!

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