Coffeehouse Survey: Picture Graph Word Problems

This video provides instruction on picture graphs. Picture graphs use pictures instead of numbers to show the data.  Students practice reading the data on a picture graph and then answer word problems using the information from the graph to find the answers.

The picture graph shows how many cups of coffee a coffee shop sold on each day over four days. The teacher instructs the students on how to read the graph. Then, there are four questions to answer. The questions vary in complexity. For example, one question asks: On which day were 10 cups of coffee sold? Another question is more complex: How many more cups of coffee were sold during the second day than the first day? The teacher carefully explains how to solve each word problem.

Pictures graphs are great for teaching children about organizing data. Students use higher-order thinking skills when interpreting and analyzing the data and a picture graph is child-friendly and ideal for primary age students.