Instead of using surveys this year to get to know your students, try incorporating glyphs into your classroom! Glyphs are pictorial forms of data collection. They are a fun way in which to connect math to language arts and other content areas. Students color and draw on their glyph according to the directions on the direction page. Then, students are able to read the glyphs and collect data about the topics for the glyph. This glyph is focused on reading and book attitudes and preferences.
Once glyphs are completed, students should find ways to display the class data - bar graphs, pie graphs, pictographs, tables, etc.... I like to assign groups to one specific data set. For easy data collection and a cute display, hang up all glyphs on a bulletin board.
Another activity would be to write facts from the glyphs on sentence strips. For example,
"About half of the class thinks they are a good reader".
Buggy 'Bout Books Glyph by a TEACHER on a MISSION is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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NOTE: I've included the same graphic for the glyph with four different options for frames.
NOTE: This is a part of a bigger file called GLYPHS GALORE. It includes three glyphs and tons of graphs, tables, and line plots for students to display their data. Check it out (its a better deal)!