A series of worksheets that focus on understanding graphs that we use in science to better grasps results of data that has been collected.

These worksheets present the concept of graphing in a science-based setting. At first, we will begin to use graphs to sum up our observations and then we will move on the making educated well devised guesses based on the data that we have released on graphs. Each activity will consist of several worksheets and an answer key that may span two or three worksheets, at times. We also have training exercises for students that may have trouble understanding fundamental graphs and their use within these environments. Once students get some time and repetition with these science graphing worksheets they will find what procedure they should use for interpretation. The worksheets start out simple in the frame of understanding basic data collection processes. We then move on to using all forms of graphs and charts that are commonly used in scientific analysis.

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Colors Bar Graph Worksheet

Colors Bar Graph- Make a Bar Display

You will display all the data using this visual form.

Reading bar Graphs Worksheet

Colors Bar Graph- Reading

You will explore student color perference. The results are displayed on the graph below.

Make Horizontal Bar Worksheet

Food Graph- Make a Horizontal Bar

You will examine the types of food that student enjoy. Make a bar display from the data provide below.

Reading a Horizontal Graph Worksheet

Food Graph- Reading a Horizontal Bars

We get more into food, what is not to love? You will interpret a premade series of bars that go right to left.

Make a Horizontal Worksheet

Favorite Footwear- Make a Horizontal Bar Graph

We look at student footwear perferences. Make a bar display from the data provide below.

Reading Horizontal Worksheet

Footwear Graph- Reading

You will determine the most and least favorite type of footwear based on those surveyed.

Make a Bar Graph Worksheet

Day of the Week Graph- Make a Bar Graph

What is your best day? Use this graph to make a nice bar.

Reading Bar Graphs Worksheet

Day of the Week Graph- Reading

What is your Favorite Day of the week? The results are displayed on the graph below and explore it.

Pets Horizontal Bar Worksheet

Pet Graph- Make a Horizontal Bar

What pets are your most favorite? How can you quantify that data?

Reading a Graph of Favorite Pets Worksheet

Pet Graph- Reading

Read the graph of your classes favorite pets. Interpret it and answer the questions.

Seasons Horizontal Bar Worksheet

Seasons - Make a Horizontal Bar Graph

Which season of the year is your favorite?

Favorite Seasons Graph Worksheet

Favorite Seasons Graph- Reading

What is your student's favorite season of the year?

Favorite Sport Graph Worksheet

Favorite Sport Graph- Make It

Make a graph of your student's favorite sport.

Day of the Week Worksheet

Day of the Week Graph- Reading

What day strikes your fancy? Now ask your students the same.

How I Get To School Worksheet

How I Get To School- Make a Bar Graph

How many students use gasoline powered vehicles to get to school?

Reading Transportation Worksheet

How I Get To School- Reading a Graph

How many people are driven to school in a car?

Favorite Subject Worksheet

Favorite School Subject - Make a Bar Graph

How many students voted for their favorite subject?

Favorite School Graph Worksheet

Favorite Subject - Reading a Graph

You will interpret a premade bars and determine who voted for their subject.

Make a Pie Chart Worksheet

Favorite Animal at the Zoo- Make a Pie Chart (Blank)

Students were asked their favorite animal at the zoo. Make a pie chart to represent from the data provide below. Label and color code the chart.

Outlined Pie Chart Worksheet

Favorite Animal at the Zoo - Make a Pie Chart (Outlined)

What percentage of students voted for the Monkey?

Interpret a Pie Chart Worksheet

Favorite Animal at the Zoo - Interpret a Pie Chart

Which animal received the lowest percentage of votes?

Favorite Sport Worksheet

Favorite Sport- Make a Pie Chart (Blank)

What percentage of students voted for Baseball?

Favorite Sport Worksheet

My Favorite Sport Worksheet

I'm a big Ice Hockey fan. On this worksheet the division are already set in place for you.

Interpret a Pie Chart Worksheet

Favorite Sport- Interpret a Pie Chart Worksheet

If 3 people voted for Football how many voted for Hockey?

TV Watching Worksheet

TV Watching Habits- Make a Pie Chart (Blank)

Students were asked how long they watch television in a day. Make a pie chart to represent from the data provide below.

Electronic Device Worksheet

Favorite Electronic Device- Make a Pie Chart (Outlined)

What do you think is the best electronic device out there. Make a pie chart to represent from the data provide below.

Reading Charts Worksheet

Favorite Electronic Device - Interpret a Pie Chart

You will interpret the meaning of the data found plotted on the pie chart.

Bunny Picture Graphing Worksheet

Bunnies - Picture Graphing Activity

The Easter Bunny left us a bunch of different eggs! Add up how many of each color egg he left. Create a data table on the bottom of the page.

Cut and Paste Worksheet

Cut and Paste Eggs

Cut out all the Easter Eggs. Get your paste ready too.

Egg Observation Worksheet

Making an Easter Egg Observation

Copy your data table from page 1 and paste your eggs from page 2 into the visual display.

Interpreting Eggs Worksheet

Interpreting an Easter Eggs

The graph below shows the colors of the different eggs the Easter bunny left. Answer the questions below.

Peanuts and Elephants Worksheet

Peanuts and Elephants - Picture Activity

Elephants love peanuts! Add up how many peanuts the elephant ate for each day. Create a data table on the bottom of the page.

Peanuts and Elephants Worksheet

Blocks of Peanuts

Cut out all the peanuts. Get your paste ready too.

Picture of Peanuts Worksheet

Making a Picture of Peanuts

Copy your data table from page 1 and paste your peanuts from page 2 into the graph.

Interpreting the Peanut Worksheet

Interpreting the Peanut Picture

The graph below shows how many peanuts an elephant ate each day. Answer the questions that follow.

How Many Worms Worksheet

How Many Worms - Picture Graphing Activity

Add up how many worms the bird ate for each day. Create a data table on the bottom of the page.

Worm Cutouts Worksheet

Worm Cutouts

Cut out all your blocks of worms.

Worm Picture Graph Worksheet

Making a Worm Picture Graph Worksheet

Copy your data table from page 1 and paste your worms from page 2 into the graph.

Reading Worms Worksheet

Interpreting a Worm Pictograph

The display shows how many worms a bird ate each day. Answer the questions below.

20 columns x 23 rows Worksheet

Grid Paper - 20 columns x 23 rows

Some people like odd numbers of rows for coordinate graphs.

15 columns x 20 rows Worksheet

Grid Paper - 15 columns x 20 rows

Theis is usually the standard graph you will find.

15 columns x 15 rows Worksheet

15 columns x 15 rows

This graph leaves a lot of space below it.

25 columns x 25 rows Worksheet

Grid Paper - 25 columns x 25 rows

The big boy comes home.

Pie Chart 2 Divisions

Pie Chart 2 Divisions

Basically it is a split circle.

Pie Chart 3 Divisions

Pie Chart 3 Divisions

Also makes for a nice times table.

Pie Chart 4 Divisions

Pie Chart 4 Divisions

When you need to work with quarters.

Pie Chart 5 Divisions

Pie Chart 5 Divisions

A weird messed up (somewhat) pentagon.

Pie Chart 6 Divisions

Pie Chart 6 Divisions

Two slices short of that pizza.

Pie Chart 8 Divisions

Pie Chart 8 Divisions

Oh! There is that pizza I was looking for.

Pie Chart 10 Divisions

Pie Chart 10 Divisions

That is just five little lines.

Pie Chart 12 Divisions

Pie Chart 12 Divisions

Tearing it up for sure.

Pie Chart 16 Divisions

Pie Chart 16 Divisions

It really looks like a black hole.

Pie Chart 20 Divisions

Pie Chart 20 Divisions

Don't stare into this one!

10 x 10 Short Graph Paper

10 x 10 Short Graph Paper

There are two spaces for you to work on one side.

10 x 10 Medium - Paper

10 x 10 Medium - Paper

Also has an area to place your notes.

10 x 10 Long Grids

10 x 10 Long Grids

This is vertically stretched a bit for you.

What Are Graphs for in Science?

Science uses many different tools to record and present information. Of course, plain text and tables can sometimes appear quite complicated and be challenging to understand. Graphs can feel more intuitive for many people, but what are they sued for in science?

In science we are trying to look for a truth or fact that can be repeated. Graphs and chart are widely used as the standard to take data that has been collected and find trends or relationships between the factors we are studying. In all the cases we present the data has already been collected for you. You are asked to make sense of the data by either creating a graph or analyzing a graph that is given to you. You will be introduced to bar, line, and pie graphs. More importantly, you will be lead to understand the meaning and use of each graph type.

In science, graphs are used to visually present data and information. A person can easily understand the relationship between different values through graphs. Scientists also use graphs to bring the point of an experiment across more quickly.

Here, we'll discuss what graphs are, their use in science, and the common types of graphs you may come across during your studies in science.

Graphs in Science

It can be difficult to understand data when it is presented raw and unprocessed. To help people understand data easier, information is presented visually through graphs.

Graphs can visually present the relationship between two different sets of data. Some information that you can find on a graph can include:

Time (seconds, hours, days, months, years, etc.)

Length (inches, feet, centimeters, meters, etc.)

Temperature (Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit)

Number of objects/ participants

Graphs commonly use an X and Y axis to represent independent and dependent variables. For example, you might want to analyze how the temperature in a particular area rises and falls throughout different months of the year.

Independent Variables

These variables are usually placed on the X-axis of a graph. They are called "independent" because they are not affected by any other variables in an experiment. These are the variables you manipulate in an experiment.

In some cases, independent variables are known as:

The cause in "cause and effect."

Explanatory variables that can explain a result.

In the previously mentioned example of varying temperatures during the months of a year, your independent variable would be the months of the year—January through December. Your timeline or months would start from the left side of your graph, progressing toward the left side, forming your X-axis.

Dependent Variables

These variables are usually placed on the Y-axis of a graph. They are called "dependent" variables because they change based on how the independent variables are manipulated.

Dependent variables can also be known as:

The effect in "cause and effect."

Response variables that respond to how you make changes to other variables.

Outcome variables, which are the outcome you want to assess or determine.

Again, we use the same example of a year's rising and falling temperatures. Your temperature scale would be your dependent variable. The scale starts from zero and increases as it goes up the graph's Y-axis.

By plotting different points according to the varied temperature each month, you can see how temperatures increase and decrease throughout a year using a graph. It also gives you a more straightforward representation of how monthly temperatures differ.

Common Types of Graphs

Graphs can also present information through different visuals. Some types of graphs are a better fit to analyze specific data.

Line Graph. This type of graph uses the X and Y axis format. It analyzes continuous data taken over a period of time. Each point on the graph is connected so one can understand the change between each connecting point. E.g., how temperature increases and decreases throughout the months of a year.

Bar Graph. This also uses the X and Y axis format. However, this is better used to compare different groups or monitor changes over time. E.g., comparing the amount of fruit different groups of monkeys consume in a day.

Pie Graph/ Chart. Pie charts present percentages or fractions of a whole. E.g., percentages of the different types of gas that comprise our atmosphere.

Conclusion

In science, graphs are used to visually present data and information so that it's easier to understand. Graphs make it easy to interpret the relationship between different variables.