# Scaled Picture Graphs

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Scaled Picture Graphs
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## Basics on the topicScaled Picture Graphs

### In this 3rd grade video on scaled picture graphs

It’s laundry day for Nari and Gus, but they have a problem. They need to sort all their clean laundry before putting it away. In this video, we help Nari and Gus organize their newly clean clothes by making scaled picture graphs.

### What is a scaled picture graph?

#### Scaled picture graph definition

A scaled picture graph is a type of graph that uses pictures to represent and sort information into categories. The value of one picture represents more than one item. This allows the graph to show more information at once.

### How do you make a scaled picture graph?

We start drawing a scaled picture graph by identifying our data set. This is the information that we organize and display in the graph. It is important to give this data a name to explain what it represents. This name becomes the title of our graph and will tell our readers what it is about.

Next, we sort the data set into categories. Each category becomes one row in our graph. If we have three categories, we will need three rows in the graph. Each row is also labeled with the name of the category on the scaled picture graph.

Afterwards, we chose a picture, or image, to represent the data. Because we are making a scaled picture graph, one picture will represent more than one data point. We decide the value of one picture by looking for common multiples in the data set. For example, if most of the numbers in the set can be made counting by twos, the common multiple would be two! Once we have determined our common multiple, we write this information in the key. This tells our readers the value of each picture in the scaled graph.

The last step is displaying the set of data in the scaled picture graph. Going row by row, we draw the correct number of pictures for each category. It is important to use the interval written in the key so that each row has the right number of pictures. If we have ten data points in the first row and our scale is one picture equals two, we divide ten by two. This tells us we need five pictures to represent the data in that row.

### What does a scaled picture graph look like?

Below are scaled picture graph examples.

Scaled picture graph with scaled key of four.

Scaled picture with graph with scaled key of two.

### Summary of Steps: Making a Scaled Picture Graph

• When drawing a scaled picture graph, first identify and name thedata set.

• Then, sort the data into categories and draw the chart.

• Next, define the scaled pictures by looking for common multiples and note it with a key.

• Finally, plot the data into the graph according to the key’s scale.

Have you practiced yet? On this website, you can also find scaled picture graph worksheets and exercises.