Bar Graphs for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 115 pages and 24 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This unit on reading and drawing bar graphs contains printable and digital material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism in elementary school.



  • Labeling parts of a graph
  • Reading bar graphs
  • Drawing bar graphs


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on understanding how to read and draw a bar graph. This repetition and scaffolding encourage a true understanding of the material.


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Bar Graphs Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 5 day lesson plan
  • Bar graph activities in color
  • Bar graph activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Bar Graphs book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Bar Graph Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • Group activity
    • Create bar graphs on a template using manipulatives


  • 2 worksheet sets:
    • 10 worksheets: reading a bar graph
      • Includes a second set that is differentiated with grids students can count
    • 10 worksheets: draw/color in a bar graph



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these activities. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.