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Create a Bar Graph

Let's take our math outside and make a bar graph with fallen leaves! We use bar graphs to understand, sort and organize information as well as draw conclusions. 

We can start by playing and exploring with nature materials. Go outside and see what kinds of leaves you can find. You can sort them by color or take it a step further and try to identify them by their shape and size. 

Here are some other materials that will help you with your project:

  • Poster board

  • Markers

  • Glue


A bar chart has a vertical axis with numbers on it and a horizontal axis showing values of something being investigated. 

On our chart, we'll investigate different colors of leaves on the horizontal axis. The numbers of leaves will go on the vertical axis. Sort and count your leaves and make sure your vertical axis goes as high as the biggest number. We will create the bars by gluing the leaves onto our graph. 

When you are finished, you can interpret your data and draw some conclusions. You do this by asking and answering questions, such as:


Which type of leaf had the most leaves on your chart?

Which type of leaf had the least?

How many more yellow leaves are there than orange?

How many more red leaves are there than green?

How many leaves did you find altogether?

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