Lesson 26 — Activity 2: Reading Information on Charts

Getting Ready

Another way to read information is from a chart. A chart gives you information in a number format. Charts are a good way to organize information when the amount of information is limited.

Charts are often used to organize survey responses. Have a look at the responses below.

Ten people were asked which is their favourite season:

Look at how this chart is organized.

Let's look closely at some other examples of charts.

Here is a chart with the statistics for some of the players on the Toronto Blue Jay's baseball team during 2015. It looks complicated at first glance. But you will find it isn't that difficult to understand after a few minutes of studying it, even if you know nothing about baseball.

This chart includes the top 14 players on the team.

Every chart has titles for each column. In this chart, the second column marked "Player" lists the names of 14 players. The first column lists each player's ranking. Each of the other columns lists the statistics for that player. For example, "Team" lists the team for each player. In this case, all of the players are members of the Toronto Blue Jays. "Pos" is the position the player fills. Of course, one needs to know what each heading means in order to fully understand all of the information.

The information can be used to compare the activities of different players.

  • Find the column with the players' names and the column labelled "2B". "2B" means how many doubles that player has hit. For example, C. Collabello has hit 19 doubles and D. Travis has hit 18 doubles.

  • The "HR" column reveals that J. Donaldson has hit 41 home runs, the most of any Blue Jays players listed on this chart.

Try This:

Have a look at the chart below, which shows the 2015 pitching statistics for six players on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Have a close look at this chart.

The chart gives information about how well they are pitching. Find the column titled "W" (the fourth one in from the left). "W" means how many games they are credited with winning. If you look down the column, you will see that one pitcher has won nine games. Go across to the "Player" column to see who it is. Write down your answer.

Now find the column titled "G" (the seventh one from the left). "G" stands for the total number of games in which the pitcher appeared. Find the name of the pitcher who appeared in the most games. Write down your answer.


What about strikeouts ("SO") found in the third last column? Which player has the most strikeouts? Write down your answer to this question.

D. Price won 9 games.

R. Osuna appeared in the most games, with 68 appearances.

D. Price had the most strikeouts, with 87 for 2015.