# Pictographs

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.

Pictographs can also be vertical, like this:

### Example: Games Played

Four friends play a lot of tennis. Here is how many games they played this year:

Each tennis ball means **20 games played**. A tennis ball can be cut to show **part of 20**.

So the pictograph is showing:

- John played
**40 games** - Sam played
**45 games** - Mary played
**90 games** - Alex played
**55 games**

Can you see that Alex played 55 games?

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 play games every week
- How much water you drink
- How far your friends travel every day
- How many goals your team makes

Have fun making pictures for each!