Interpreting Pictographs

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10059

What if you have tons of numbers to compare, like how many birds you've seen each day for a week. Wouldn't it be nice to have an easy way to show your results? Learn how by using fancy pictographs!



learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you think more people like chocolate ice cream or strawberry ice cream? How could we find out? Could you ask the people in your house? How about going to the park and asking people? Once you got everyone’s answer, you would have a lot of data. In this lesson, you will learn how a pictograph makes information more clear, and how to read and interpret one, using games, online tools, and exercises!

Let's say you asked a zillion people to name their favorite ice cream flavor.

Once you got everyone’s answer, you would have a lot of data, or information.

How could you read or show all that information clearly? You could make a graph to see your answer.

Do you know what a graph is? There are many types of graphs, but today you are going to learn about one called a pictograph.

Here is a good video to watch to learn about pictographs. While watching Learn all about Picture Graphs by Mexus Education, look for the answers to these questions:

  • What is the difference between a picture and a symbol?
  • What does the key in a graph do?


Look at the Pictograph Example found under Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Can you show where the categories are? The title? The symbols? The key?

After pointing out each answer, check the Answers. Keep this to review the parts of a pictograph when needed.

Now answer the question, Why do we use pictographs?

Next, continue on to the Got It? section get some exercise, both mental and physical!

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