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Sports Balls - Interpret Picture Graphs

Teacher Notes

Given picture graphs showing names of students across the horizontal axis and items stacked above the names, students have to interpret the graphs and describe the relationships in order to answer the questions. Relationships include greatest number, least number, more than, less than and the same number of.

For each problem, an instructional sequence of directions and questions is provided. After each question, answers are shown in parentheses.

Prior to beginning the problems, duplicate copies of the picture graph, one for each child. Provide red, blue, yellow and green crayons for coloring.

Sports Balls 1

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1. This picture graph shows four students and the tennis balls they have. The circles stand for tennis balls. Point to each name as I say the name: Ella, Ann, Bob, Sam.

2. Bob has the greatest number of tennis balls. How many tennis balls does Bob have? (6) Color Bob’s tennis balls green.

How can you tell from looking at the graph that Bob has the greatest number of tennis balls? (His stack of balls is the tallest.)

3. Ann has the least number of tennis balls. How many does Ann have? (2) Color Ann’s tennis balls yellow.

How can you tell from looking at the graph that Ann has the least number of tennis balls? (Her stack is the shortest.)

4. Sam has one more tennis ball than Ann. How many tennis balls does Sam have? (3) Color Sam’s tennis balls blue.

5. Look at the stack of balls that you haven’t colored. These are Ella’s tennis balls. How many tennis balls does Ella have? (5) Color Ella’s tennis balls red.

Sports Balls 2

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1. This picture graph shows four students and the ping pong balls they have. The circles stand for ping pong balls. Point to each name as I say the name: Todd, Dina, Matt, Carol.

2. Matt has the least number of ping pong balls. How many ping pong balls does Matt have? (1). Color Matt’s ping pong balls blue.

How can you tell from the graph that Matt has the least number of ping pong balls? (His stack is the shortest.)

3. Todd and Carol have the same number of ping pong balls. How many ping pong balls do they each have? (3) Color their ping pong balls yellow.

How can you tell from the graph that Todd and Carol have the same number of ping pong balls? (Their stacks are the same height.)

4. Dina has the greatest number of ping pong balls. How many ping pong balls does she have? (5) Color Dina’s ping pong balls red.

How can you tell from the graph that Dina has the greatest number of ping pong balls? (Her stack is the highest.)

Sports Balls 3

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1. This picture graph shows four students and the basketballs they have. The circles stand for basketballs. Point to each name as I say the name: Jeff, Roz, Pedro, Cindy.

2. How many basketballs does Roz have? (0)

How can you tell from the graph that Roz has zero basketballs? (They are no circles above her name.)

3. Who has the greatest number of basketballs? (Jeff) How many basketballs does Jeff have? (6). Color Jeff’s basketballs red.

4. Pedro has 2 less basketballs than Jeff. How many basketballs does Pedro have? (4) Color Pedro’s basketballs green.

5. Cindy has 2 more basketballs than Roz. How many basketballs does Cindy have? (2) Color Cindy’s basketballs yellow.

Sports Balls 4

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1. This picture graph shows four students and the golf balls they have. The circles stand for golf balls. Point to each name as I say the name: Ang, Beth, Don, Eric.

2. Who has the greatest number of golf balls? (Eric) How many golf balls does Eric have? (8) Color Eric’s golf balls red.

3. Don has 6 less golf balls than Eric. How many golf balls does Don have? (2) Color Don’s golf balls yellow.

4. Beth has twice as many golf balls as Don. How many golf balls does Beth have? (4) Color Beth’s golf balls blue.

5. Ang has 3 more golf balls than Beth. How many golf balls does Ang have? (7) Color Ang’s golf balls green.

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