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How are bar graphs and pictographs different? As you begin this concept, use these simple graphs to help get learners started with data analysis styles. There is one bar graph and one pictograph, each accompanied by four or five comprehension questions (nine in total). The questions require basic graph-reading skills and don't require any approximating of values. After reviewing the worksheet, consider comparing these two types by graphing a class poll as a bar graph and pictograph. Which one is more effective, according to the class? Could they be used for different purposes?
First graders demonstrate the problem solving process using sequence and logic. They read the problem together, underline the key words and generate questions, and write a sentence that explains the solution to the problem. Students then create a pictograph to represent the problem.
Fourth graders research pictograph stories written by Native Americans. They investigate the history behind pictographs, and look through a reference book identifying the different pictures. The teacher then create their own individual pictograph story, and transfer it onto a clay pot.
Students explore methods of written communication. In this Plains Indian lesson, students create pictographs representing everyday modern life after observing the pictographs used by the Plains Indians. Pictograph stories are written on wrinkled brown paper (buffalo hide) for display.
Young scholars learn and practice using symbols for greater than, less than, and equal to. Resource provides guided practice in comparing numbers, creating corresponding math sentences, creating pictographs to show number relationships, and problem solving. Resource is directed at kindergarteners, and includes number recognition practice, but suggests they write complete sentences to explain conclusions. Modify as appropriate. Contains a link to a directory of math teaching websites.
What do these pictographs show? Scholars analyze three sets of data organized into pictographs, filling in several comprehension questions about each. The first one is done for them as an example, but consider going over it together to solidify the concepts before independent practice. There are 11 questions total. This is a great way to introduce beginners to the concept, and can also be used as preparation for the class to create a pictograph of their own. Have each learner decorate a paper doll of themselves and place it on a large graph based on a class poll (i.e. what is your favorite ice cream?).
Second graders examine what a pictograph is before making one by cutting our pictures and gluing them on a graph. After making the graph the students use the words more than and less than to write questions based on the graph information. Finally, in student practice, they write the numbers to 30 skip counting by three's.
Third graders work in pairs to create a pictograph, drawing the pictures, and making the graph thinking out loud. They read the problem together, underlining key words, eliminating unnecessary information, and circling any unknown words that will be looked up in the dictionary.
Eighth graders investigate how pictographs are different from drawings. They examine how pictographs were relevant to Native Americans of the Plains region before making original personal pictographs that tell a story. They make pictographs using brown bags that simulate leather.