# 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!