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Analyzing Graphs (Single-Unit Intervals) – Board Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 2

Use this board game to sharpen data analysis skills when solving problems with information presented in a single-unit picture graph and bar graph.

📊 Practice Analyzing Bar Graphs and Picture Graphs with a Board Game!

Are your students learning how to read and interpret data? Understanding the difference between different types of data displays can be tricky for young learners. With repeated practice, your students will master how to read graphs in no time! With this board game, students will practice reading bar graphs and pictographs that use a single-unit scale.

To play:

  • On each turn, a player will spin the spinner to determine how many spaces to move the game piece.   
  • Once the player moves to the space, they should read it for additional instructions such as “Move ahead 2 spaces” or “Draw a card.” 
  • If a player lands on a space that says “Draw a card,” the player should choose a card from the stack. The player will then answer the question about the graph on the card. If answered correctly, the player stays on their space. If the answer is incorrect, the player will choose a second card and try again. Return the game cards back to the bottom of the stack.  
  • Whoever gets to the end of the board first is the winner!

Through this activity, students will show they can solve “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in single-unit bar graphs and pictographs. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

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

Use this data analysis game to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

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

For students who may need additional support, consider completing this game in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group of students with support from the teacher. Students can also practice circling clue words, underlining important information, etc. to help them solve each question.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, consider using the scaled-unit version of this resource. In addition, encourage them to create their own bar graphs and pictographs and write questions that analyze data from the graphs. 

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 color PDF, black and white 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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