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Who Has More Ships?
Making a pictograph

Copy the blank pictograph in the pocket at the back, and ask students to draw rows of ships representing the unequal forces in the Mediterranean. Adapt the activity to your class’s level of math. If students have learned multiplication and division, tell them that each ship on their pictograph represents 7 ships, the size of the first U.S. squadron. The U.S. was far outnumbered, but the exact count is unknown. Ask the class to create a pictograph with the Barbary states having 700 ships (equal to 10 ships on their pictographs). For lower grades, have students draw as many Barbary ships as they can fit on the page, then count the ships and write the sum at the bottom.


Blank Worksheet (pdf)

Have on Hand- photocopies of blank worksheet, crayons (or colored pencils) and paper

“To learn about the battles and where they took place, the students colored the map [on following page]. Using a blown-up version of the map and toy ships, I told about the battles. It helped them to see what was happening.”

Linda Anderson, 1st and 2nd grade
Pleasant Dale School
Pleasant Dale, NE


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