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Understand Pictograms

In this worksheet, students will practice interpreting pictograms.

'Understand Pictograms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR

Curriculum topic:   Statistics

Curriculum subtopic:   Statistics, Interpreting and Representing Data

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

What is a pictogram?

A pictogram is simply a method of displaying information using pictures to represent a certain amount of information.

 

What are the advantages of a pictogram?

Pictograms are really good in two situations.

1) When you want the information to be really striking and easy to read

2) When the data can be easily wplit (i.e. into 2s)

 

What are the disadvantages of Pictograms?

Pictograms can be really hard to interpret if the data is complicated or large. For example, if you had an envelope image as your picture, how would you accurately split it into 8? or 5? or 20?

 

Example: The letters received by a house over the course of a wek are shown in a pictogram.

a) How many letters were received in the week?

If we count up the symbols, we get 12 pictures. Because each one is worth 4 letters.

12 x 4 = 48 letters.

 

b) Which day did the family get the most letters?

This is just the one with the most symbols. Wednesday.

Which of these images would be suitable to use for a pictogram?

 

A

B

C

D

E

The number of phone calls that Jenny make in a week s are shown in a pictogram

 

 

How many phone calls did Jenny make in the week?

27

81

The daily hours of sunshine in Spain are shown for the summer.

 

 

Which month had the most sunshine?

May

June

July

August

September

 

What is the difference between the maximum and minimum hours of average sunshine?

A family of five records how many emails they get in a week:

 

 

How many emails did they get in total?

 

Who gets the most emails?

Dad

Mum

Jim

Rose

Will

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

 

 

How many pupils were late on Monday?

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

 

 

Which day has the least amount of lateness?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

 

 

How many cars were seen during the week in total?

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

 

 

Which two days have the same amount of cars in the car park?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Question 1

Which of these images would be suitable to use for a pictogram?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
B
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can really only use an image for a pictogram if the image can be split up into parts easily. A, C and D cannot really be split up accurately so we wouldn't use them.
  • Question 2

The number of phone calls that Jenny make in a week s are shown in a pictogram

 

 

How many phone calls did Jenny make in the week?

CORRECT ANSWER
81
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that each picture is worth 3 phone calls (the key at the bottom tells you this). There are 27 pictures of phones. 27 x 3 = 81.
  • Question 3

The daily hours of sunshine in Spain are shown for the summer.

 

 

Which month had the most sunshine?

CORRECT ANSWER
July
EDDIE SAYS
All we had to do is identify which month (row) had the most images of the sun! July has 6 full sun symbols which means it had 12 hours of sun each day.
  • Question 4

 

What is the difference between the maximum and minimum hours of average sunshine?

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
The greatest average hours of sun is 12 hours in July and the least is 9 hours per day in May. What do we do with these two numbers to find the difference? 12 - 9 = 3
  • Question 5

A family of five records how many emails they get in a week:

 

 

How many emails did they get in total?

CORRECT ANSWER
63
EDDIE SAYS
We have to look at these individually: Dad gets 16 (4 x 4) Mum gets 6 (4 x 1.5) Jim gets 13 (4 x 3.5) Rose gets 19 (4 x 4.25) Will gets 9 (4 x 2.25) Then all we need to do is calculate the total: 16 + 6 + 13 + 19 + 9 = 63
  • Question 6

 

Who gets the most emails?

CORRECT ANSWER
Rose
EDDIE SAYS
All we needed to do for this question is recognise which family member had the most symbols, which was Rose. The calculation: 4 x 4 = 16 16 + 3 = 19
  • Question 7

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

 

 

How many pupils were late on Monday?

CORRECT ANSWER
18
19
EDDIE SAYS
There are 3 full pictures and one that has a leg chopped off- a bit harsh for being late! This leg being chopped off could indicate 1 or 2 pupils, it's difficult to tell. You could have had either 18 or 19 here.
  • Question 8

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

 

 

Which day has the least amount of lateness?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tuesday
EDDIE SAYS
This question demonstrates why it's so important to read each question fully. It asks for the least so, we were looking for the day with the least images. Simple, but you may have got caught out!
  • Question 9

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

 

 

How many cars were seen during the week in total?

CORRECT ANSWER
130
131
132
133
134
EDDIE SAYS
This one is quite difficult to see as each car image is worth 10. You would get the answer correct for any value between 130 and 134!
  • Question 10

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

 

 

Which two days have the same amount of cars in the car park?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tuesday
Friday
EDDIE SAYS
We needed to identify which of the days have the same amount of images, which is Tuesday and Friday. Both days show 20 cars!
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