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.

Hook: 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.

Activity: 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."

Closure: Have students turn and talk:

  • Why do we interpret graphs?
  • What did you learn about graphs?
Tell students to think of their answers and turn to a partner to share:
  • We interpret graphs to look for _______(information).
  • I learned that graphs ______(help us to compare information).


  • Provide sentence stems as needed.

  • Allow students to use the speech to text feature. 

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Extension: 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 Pixton comic.

  • Print out Pixton comics as a reference and hang around the classroom.

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