How to Make a Pictograph Online

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How to Make a Pictograph Online
Pie charts and pictographs are two different ways to represent data. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A pictograph is a way of representing data through the use of symbols. Similar to a bar graph, a pictograph displays its data horizontally instead of vertically. Each symbol is worth a certain number of items in that data field. For example, suppose you're making a pictograph of the students in a school by grade level, and a picture of a student stands for 50 students, If the 4th grade has 200 students, there would be four pictures of students in the 4th grade row. If there were 220 students in 3rd grade, there would be four pictures in the 3rd grade row as well. Some websites let you input your data and have the pictograph appear before you.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Log on to a website, such as Gwydir, that offers the chance to make a pictograph online (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Use the drop-down fields to choose the desired symbol and colour. If you want to make your data appear differentiated, you can choose different shapes and colours for each line.

  3. 3

    Set the numerical value for each symbol using the drop-down field, then set up the number of columns and rows. Enter the title for your pictograph in the field above the interval numbers. Describe each subset in the fields going down the left side.

  4. 4

    Enter the actual data values in the column on the right side. After you have entered them, your symbols will appear.

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