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1-17-1 Understanding Tally Marks

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A tally mark looks like this .  It is an easy way to count things.

Each tally mark stands for 1. 

If you have (three tally marks) then the final count is the number 3.

If you have four tally marks plus another one crossing the four tallies then the number is 5.  For example .

If you have (seven tally marks) then the final count is the number 7.

The tally table below shows the birds that were in my backyard one day.

Finish the tally table below.

Birds Tally Marks Number
Cardinal 5
Robin
Blue Jay
Bluebird
Gold Finch
Purple Finch  
Black-Capped Chickadee

Read and answer the questions below.

1.  How many Robins were in my backyard?

  3

  6

  4

  0

2.  How many Blue Jays were in my backyard?

  7

  6

  5

  2

 

 

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