6th Grade Math : Unit #9 - Statistics : Lesson #3

Describing Data Activity

Objective: The students will be able to create and read a glyph.
Standards: 6.SP.B MP1 MP2 MP4 MP6
Subject(s): Math
60 minutes
1 DO NOW - 5 minutes

Set the stage by explaining to students that they will be creating a glyph.  A glyph is a flexible data representation.  There is an example of a glyph in the NCTM lesson. Tell the students that the class will be collecting data based upon their name.  Tell them we will be using a spreadsheet to record the information.  You can pick a student to record the information. (It would be good to choose someone that has good keyboarding experience.)



2 Creating a Glyph - 55 minutes

 I found this lesson in the illuminations website and thought it would be a great introduction to describing data.  The students will be asked a variety of questions about their name and drawing a visual representation on a piece of paper(glyph).  When students are done, they can display the glyph’s on the board or they can share them in their groups.  Then you will collect the data in a spreadsheet and by looking at the spread sheet and glyphs, students will be able to determine which glyph belongs to what person.  (See NCTM illuminations document)


Resources:  NCTM illuminations document

Samples of student work
Student Led Inquiry

After the students created their glyphs, I had them work with their tablemates to see how many ways they could sort their glyphs to tell a data story.  I took examples from the groups and then I brought it to the whole group.  I asked the whole group how they were separating their data and then I asked the group to join them.  We then looked at our whole class and described the data.  They had some fun with this.


Sample glyphs

3 Closure - 10 minutes


Use the student questions from the NCTM activity as a close.