Tally charts are tools or mediums for representing data visually. The tables on the tally sheet help in organizing and compiling data. When you are using a tally sheet to keep count, a tally or line is marked to keep the score. You should draw the first four tally marks vertically. For representing the fifth count, you have to draw the line diagonally across the four vertical lines. The diagonal mark turns it into a group of five marks. You can teach the tables of five to a child by making such groups of five tally marks. You can use tally chart templates like the template given below to teach a class how to count and draw tally marks:

Example Template #1

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Students can later learn how they can make graphs using the data from tally charts.

So are you looking for some tally chart templates that you can download and use? It can be difficult to find the template that you need. We have 19 examples of tally chart templates to help you get the right template. Tally marks are used to collect data on a tally chart. The tally marks on the table are the representation of the gathered data. You can use the blank template below.

Example Template #2

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We hope that out of all the options that you see here, you would find a template that you think is best suited. Many of these tally chart templates are generic so that they can be used for all kinds of data collection. For example, see below:

Example Template #3

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Here’s another free tally chart template:

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Different types of tally chart templates:

The tally marks on a tally chart are used to show the frequencies of data distribution. A tally chart also helps to graphically record the data. Tally charts can be of various kinds as they are used for different purposes. Looking at all the variety of tally chart templates will give you an idea of that.

We have shared a couple of behavior tally chart templates that teachers use in schools. See how one behavior tally chart can differ from another.

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Tally charts are given to children to help them in counting and also to record scores. Behavior chart templates like the ones shared here have been specially designed for children. In the chart given below, they can mark how positively or negatively they react in certain situations. 

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Behavior tally chart templates are one of the teaching resources for teachers. We have shared two different templates for you if you as a teacher are searching for them:

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A teacher might also need a monthly tally chart template like this template to keep a count on the class birthdays each month:

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Use of tally charts in education:

Teachers use tally chart templates in a class while teaching them how to collect data and while doing science experiments. In junior classes, for example, students might be asked to tally how many of them have black hair. The universal tally method helps them in understanding how to tally things. This is a useful skill that helps them in understanding the scientific approach. 

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You can use the template given above to teach your class. The template has three columns – item, tally, and total. It is also easy to read the data from simple tally chart templates like the template given above. Students can make a pie or a bar chart, or a diagram based on the collected data. 

Tally chart templates can also be used while teaching a kid at home. They can do small experiments at home and use a tally sheet to record their data. This will also help in enhancing their knowledge in the method of collecting data by tallying. Use the empty template given below to teach a kid how to collect data. You can customize the template as you wish. 

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Teach your kid how to collect and record them in a manner that is easy to read using the template at home. They will learn why a collection of data is needed and the functioning of tallying. Here’s another completely blank frequency chart template that you can use for tallying anything:

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Students can be given the following tally chart template to record information on what their classmates’ most favorite sport is:

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Worksheet ideas and tally chart templates:

If you are a teacher who has to teach how to tally, you also probably prepare interesting worksheets. The activities should make the children excited to learn. In case you are feeling confused and overwhelmed on how to create worksheets using tally chart templates, you will find fun ideas and also helpful templates below.

The first idea we have is kids having to count colored balls and make tally marks on a tally sheet. Get hold of some small ping-pong-type plastic balls of different colors. You can use colored pebbles, bangles, or anything you wish. Remember to keep the number quite less, as this activity is designed for kids of kindergarten or 1st grade. Keep them on a table and ask the students to count each color and then make tally marks on the sheet, besides the name of the color. Instruct and remind them to not write the numbers but make tally marks. Use the tally chart template given below to make worksheets for this activity:

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Here’s a ‘Roll the dice’ tally template. You can see this worksheet and create more similar ones. The kids have to make tally marks after understanding the number that the dice are showing. They also write the number in the ‘Total’ column in numerals.

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The next template will provide an enjoyable activity for students. You can use this template to understand whether they have understood the concept of tally charts and tally marks. The exercise is to create a chart with the help of their imagination. They are free to draw anything in the first column. For example, They can draw two butterflies, three squares, etc. In the second and third, they have to make the tally marks and write the number.

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The next tally chart template will be using the voting system and choices of students. Decide what the students will be voting for. It can be their favorite color, sports, subjects. Suppose they will make the tally chart on their favorite subjects. Then tell the students to first write the name of four subjects under the first column. Then you can ask them to give a show of hands when the name of their favorite subject is called out. Tell them to put tally marks after counting the hands. They will also have to put down the numbers in the third column. After completing the table, they can answer the two questions based on the data.

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You can use the next worksheet as a template to create more worksheets having different images. You can use blank templates for making new ones. The exercise is to count and tally. Maybe you can make another one by putting in pictures of different flowers.

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The next and the last template on our list of 19 tally chart templates can be used to make a tally chart based on which day of the week is their favorite. In the first column, they have to write the names of the seven days. Under the second column, they will mark with tally signs after they provide the required information by showing hands (similar to earlier activity). Under the third column they have to write the number of students whose favorite day is in the corresponding column. 

Example Template #19

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Tally chart templates are useful resources because they are helpful while making worksheets. Tally chart worksheets not only teach students to learn how to count and make tally marks, they show how to represent and classify different things. You can easily make tally charts using Excel, Google Docs, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Google Sheet.

We would like to conclude by sharing a list of points which will help you in summarizing the lesson on tally markings and charts. These points will help the students while revising the lesson at home:

  1. We learn how to make tally marks because it helps in making a running total or counting quickly.
  2. For counting to four, we draw vertical tally marks.
  3. We draw the fifth tally mark diagonally across the vertical four lines.
  4. Each tally mark or line, whether vertical or horizontal, stands for a counted number.
  5. When you give the diagonal 5th mark across the 4 vertical ones, it immediately turns into a group of five.
  6. These groups of five lines help us when we are learning the 5 times table.
  7. We make groups of five because it makes counting them easier.

To end (or start) your class on tally counting, you can share an interesting anecdote with kids. Do you know people in earlier civilizations, dating back to 40,000 – 25,000 years used tally marks for counting? Early African and European cultures used Ishango bones for making tally marks. They carved notches as tally marks on these notched bones. Maybe they too collected and represented data in this way!