Lesson Plan

Glorious Glyphs

Younger students use Glyphs to Represent and Analyze Data
Cameron M.
Technology coordinator
Hoover City Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

Represent data by following instructions and completing a picture glyph.

Use a drawing program to create the data glyph.

Sort the data by varying traits.

Analyze class data using the created glyphs.


Grades K – 1
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1 Why Does My Snowman Have Blue Spots?

Activity: Other — Observing

Use the snowman glyph instructions to complete 2 sample glyphs.

Hold up a completed Snowman Glyph. 

Ask the students to notice and describe it.

Then hold up a different snowman glyph and ask them to compare and notice what is the same and what is different in the two pictures.


Student Instructions

Look at two snowman pictures.

Describe what you see.

Do you  notice any differences in the two pictures?
Do you notice anything that is the same in the snowmen?

2 Create a Teacher Snowman - Guided Practice

Use an online drawing program to create a snowman.
Sketchpad  is an online tool and Tux Paint is a free download.

Demonstrate to students how to draw the body and the head using the drawing tools.

Then, go through each item on the glyph instruction sheet and ask students what you should draw based on your answers to each question.

When you are done, show your completed snowman to the class asking questions about each characteristic. For example: "Why does my snowman have blue dots."

Answer should be, "Because you have at least one brother."

Go through all of the characteristics. 

Student Instructions

Help the teacher draw a snowman to represent his or her answers to the glyph questions. 


3 Create Your Own Snowman - Student Practice

Show students how to get to the Sketchpad Site or how to Open Tux Paint. 

Remind them how to start drawing the basics of the snowman.

Go through each question on the glyph and have students illustrate the snowman based on their answers to the questions.

Save and print the glyphs.

Student Instructions

1. Open the drawing tool your teacher selected. (Sketchpad or Tux Paint or another tool)

2. Draw a snowman body and head.

3. Listen as your teacher reads the glyph questions. Decorate your snowman based on your answers. For example, if you are a girl, your snowgirl will have a pink bonnet (or hat).

4. When you are finished,  save and print your snowman.

4 Snowman Sorting

Activity: Investigating

Have students sit in a circle and place all the printed snowman in front of them. Then have them make different graphs using the papers as they sort. For example, have them make a bar graph by sorting the snowman into boy and girl snowman.

Then have them sort again but this time with those who have sisters and those who don't .

Next have them sort for those who prefer mittens and those who prefer gloves.

Each time students will be moving the snowman to represent the data. 

To make it more challenging, have students look at more than one characteristic. Have them put all the snowmen who have seen snow and have sisters in one place.

Each time you sort, have students count and compare the results. Record the results.

After a few examples, let the students ask the data questions.


Student Instructions

Sit in a circle with your snowman.

Listen carefully to the teacher as she calls out a trait.

If your snowman has that trait, put it in the proper place on the floor graph.

Help the class count and record the data for each question.

Do you have a question to ask to see what the data looks like? Ask it and see!

5 More Glorious Glyphs

Repeat activity using other glyphs for each season or unit.

Example: Gingerbread Glyphs and Pumpkin Glyphs.

Or have students come up with ideas.

Student Instructions

Can you make up an idea for a data glyph?

Maybe a Gingerbread man or a Pumpkin?

What will the decorations mean on your glyph?