A Pictograph is a way of showing data using images.

Each image stands for a certain number of things.

Example: Apples Sold

Here is a pictograph of how many apples were sold at the local shop over 4 months:


Note that each picture of an apple means 10 apples (and the half-apple picture means 5 apples).

So the pictograph is showing:

  • In January 10 apples were sold
  • In February 40 apples were sold
  • In March 25 apples were sold
  • In April 20 apples were sold

It is a fun and interesting way to show data.

But it is not very accurate: in the example above we can't show just 1 apple sold, or 2 apples sold etc.

Why don't you try to make your own pictographs? Here are a few ideas:

  • How much money you have (week by week)
  • How much exercise you get (each day)
  • How many hours you watch TV every week
  • How many sports stories are in each newspaper