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Building a Snowman Together: A Math Glyph for First Grade

written by: Patricia Gable • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 12/26/2016

Glyphs are a thought-provoking way to show several pieces of data at once. In this lesson, first graders will work with a partner to design a snowman based on a series of instructions.

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    Objective

    Snowman Math Glyph for First Grade Organize, represent and interpret data with up to three categories: ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another. MA1-MD-C-4

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    Materials

    • A snowman pattern or copies of a blank snowman on white paper (one for every pair of students)
    • Light blue construction paper
    • Glue stick
    • Crayons
    • Scissors
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    Activity

    Place students in random pairs.

    Prepare your snowman by cutting it out and gluing it to the blue paper.

    Say, “Today you and your partner are going to do something special with our snowman. You may also learn some new things about your partner! Listen carefully to the instructions that I give. Then you and your partner will decide what to do.

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    Instructions

    (Write shortened versions of the instructions on the board but repeat each one orally a few times for your non-readers.)

    • If you and your partner are both boys, color a blue hat. If you are both girls, color a red hat. A boy and a girl team should color a brown hat.
    • Count the number of pets that you and your partner have all together and draw that many black buttons on the snowman.
    • If you both like pizza, draw and color an orange carrot nose. Otherwise draw and color a red cherry nose.
    • If you both have brothers and/or sisters, draw and color a green scarf. If only one of you has siblings, color the scarf purple. If neither of you have siblings color the scarf yellow.
    • If you both like gym class color blue eyes. If not, then color brown eyes.
    • If you both like ice cream, draw black “stick" arms. If not, then draw arms with hands and fingers.
    • If you both love snow, draw a green shovel. If not, draw a yellow broom.
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    Analyze

    When the snowmen are complete, place them all on the chalk tray or on a bulletin board for all students to see and compare. Then ask them the following questions:

    1. How many pairs were both boys? Both girls?
    2. Which pair had the most pets? How many pets does the class have all together?
    3. How many pairs love snow?
    4. Were there more pairs that like pizza?
    5. How many pairs like ice cream?

    Glyphs are a fun way to gather and analyze information. Use the idea with different themes throughout the year.