Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Interpreting Graphs

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn the basic parts of a graph in English and use simple sentences to explain its features. Students will use the information from the graph to draw conclusions.

Know Before You Start: Students should have prior knowledge of graphs.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. Ask students to share observations about the graph.
    • What does the graph show?
    • What conclusions can be made? 
  • Model saying: "I notice that each bar has a different sport. I notice that ____ has more than _____. The _____ category is less than _____. This information helps me compare the information about _______."
  • After discussing the graph shown in the comic, you may choose to display and discuss other types of graphs, e.g., pie graph, bar graph, and/or line graph.


  • Have students create a two-panel comic showing two of the conclusions they made from the information in the sample comic.
  • The conclusions should be written in the captions, e.g., "The kids love soccer WAY more than basketball."


  • Have students discuss with a partner why we interpret graphs and what they have learned about graphs.
    • We interpret graphs to look for _______(information).
    • I learned that graphs ______(help us to compare information).


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature. 
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide sentence stems as needed.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Create a class graph on a new topic.
    • Share the graph on your google classroom page.
    • Show students how to save the image and upload it to Pixton as their background.
    • Have students practice interpreting the chart by explaining it in their own comic.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.