## Introduction to Pictographs

Representing data pictorially in the form of graphs and charts helps us understand the information in an easier, quicker and meaningful way.

Just a simple glance at the image below conveys all the information about the situation and replaces the need to write out a long statement.

This makes interpreting and understanding the data much simpler and a lot more fun and saves a lot of time!

## The Big Idea: What are pictographs?

**Pictographs** are the introduction to data handling. They help in laying the **foundation of data interpretation** based on **pictorial information**.

It’s essential for children to start with pictographs, as they are the gateway. And, understanding them with daily life examples is easier. Have a look at the question below:

The solution to this problem is fairly straightforward, and having a familiar object to work with, allows children to relate to the subject more.

**Ans: Blue balls < Green balls < Red balls**

Pictographs serve as in introduction to the vast world of data analysis.

Take a look at how pictographs, being used in tandem with **Pie Charts** (Click for more information on pie charts), help enrich the information being conveyed.

## Why Pictographs? Why are they important?

For kids and learners, pictographs are an excellent way to associate numbers with commonly used objects and thus helps in grasping mathematical concepts faster and clearer, creating interest in the subject matter.

When we move onto scaled pictographs, students can rearrange and distinguish between the different types of data buckets and eventually work with larger data sets.

Have a crack at another pictograph to see how useful a teaching tool they can be for yourself!

### How Pictographs Differ? When to Use Them?

It’s easy to understand that pictographs are primitive forms of the more advanced charts and graphs used to represent data with greater depth and clarity.

As a result, pictographs, as discussed previously, can be used primarily for making early learners and younger students to associate objects with numbers and help in visually formatting statistics.

Representing numbers with images can help students understand how those numbers relate to each other.

Pictographs may lack advanced features but are still of benefit to properly link data structures when learning for the first time.

It's time for us to test the knowledge we have just gained with this fun exercise below:

Activity Name | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Activity |

Item Name 1 | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Item1 |

Item Name 2 | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Item2 |

Item Name 3 | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Item3 |

Item Name 4 | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Item4 |

Item Name 5 | Sup_supertopic Pictographs_Item5 |

People also ask for:

Q) What is pictograph in math?

A) A **Pictograph** is a way of showing data using images. Each image stands for a certain number of things.

Q) Who invented pictographs?

A) Sumerians

The pictograph was invented by the **Sumerians** who lived in **Sumer**. **Sumer** is in Mesopotamia. Even so, the pictograph **writing** was found on tablets in Urek. The last people to adapt the pictograph were the Achaemenids.

Q)What is pictorial script?

**A) Pictorial script** is a **script** which uses pictures and symbols. Chinese, Korean and Japanese use **pictorial scripts**.