Lesson Idea: Teach Pictographs through a Family Feud Game
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The Fourth Grading period is about to end and I know we are all excited for summer (that smells ‘vacation’, right?). But before that happens, let me share to you my last lesson in Math for this quarter and an idea on how to teach the topic.

As I was thinking of unique and fun activities to teach Pictograph, I remember the game Family Feud on TV. Pictographs are like surveys. And Family Feud is a game of surveys so I thought of using it as a springboard to my lesson.  Here’s the mechanics:


  1. Post a Family Feud logo in front and introduce yourself as the host. Because I am from the Philippines, I showed first a photo of the real host of Family Feud PH and ask my pupils if they know the person in the picture and it they are familiar with the game show. After which, I told them that I am going to be the host and that we are going to play the game.

2. I post an example of a pictograph (as shown below which I just took randomly from the internet. credits to the owner) on the board and give a little bit of introduction about what they see.

3. Then, I divided in the class into smaller groups. Though the original game show would only have 2 groups, I had more because of my class size. Even so, the mechanics are just the same. In every round, a representative from each group comes to the front. I read a question about the pictograph which was posted in front. The first pupil who buzzes (in my case, because there was no buzzer, a simple tap on the table did the work) answers the question. With every correct answer, the group will be given 1 point. Each of the members of the groups will take turns in answering. The group with the most number of points wins the game.


After the game, I distributed pictures of fruits and I created a simple table on the board. Then, I asked my pupils to paste the pictures that they have to the appropriate slots in order to create a pictograph of some sort. Then, we consider each fruit as one tally and counted the total altogether.

After giving more examples, I let them go into their groups once again. I distributed some materials for each group (manila paper, pictures of objects) and each group created a pictograph out of the materials that were distributed.

Sample output:

Happy Teaching!

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I will be posting more lesson ideas soon as I discover more! For the meantime, check the following links below for some lesson ideas for your kids/pupils or click “Lesson Ideas” at the Category on the right side of this page.

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