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Tally Charts

Read and draw simple tally charts to record and count different types of data

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This is level 1: reading frequencies, less than 5, from a simple tally chart.

The chart shows the number of apples Bilkin ate last week.

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How many apples did Bilkin eat on Monday?


How many apples did Bilkin eat on Thursday?


How many apples did Bilkin eat on Tuesday?


How many apples did Bilkin eat on Friday?


How many apples did Bilkin eat on Wednesday?


This is Tally Charts level 1. You can also try:
Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8


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Description of Levels


Level 1 - Reading frequencies, less than 5, from a simple tally chart

Level 2 - Constructing a tally chart with frequencies less than 5

Level 3 - Reading frequencies, up to 30, from a tally chart

Level 4 - Constructing a tally chart with frequencies up to 15 from a scroller

Level 5 - Constructing a tally chart with frequencies up to 30 from a scroller

Level 6 - Mixed questions on tally charts.

Level 7 - An advanced tally chart with grouped data.

Level 8 - Collate the number of shape words included in a poem.

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Tally Marks

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Creating a Tally Chart

A tally chart is a simple way to record and count data. Here are the steps to create a tally chart:

  1. Identify the categories: Determine what you are counting or categorizing. Each category will have its own row in the tally chart.
  2. Draw the chart: Draw a table with two columns. Label the first column with the categories you are counting. Label the second column "Tally".
  3. Record the data: Each time an item or event in a category occurs, make a small vertical line in the "Tally" column next to that category.
  4. Group the tallies: When you have five tallies in a category, draw a diagonal line across the previous four tallies to group them together. This makes it easier to count the tallies later.
  5. Count the tallies: At the end of the data collection period, count the number of tallies in each category. Each group of five counts as five, and any extra tallies are counted individually.

Remember, the purpose of a tally chart is to organize and count data in a visual way, making it easier to understand and analyse.