I have never gotten into glyphs. I never understood their purpose and they always seemed too complicated and needing too much class time without much learning.
I had an "aha" moment this past weekend listening to Deanna Jump speak at the Minnesota Kindergarten conference.
Mrs. Jump explained that the purpose of glyphs is to create data in a picture form but not to stop there. Use the data created to make graphs and charts and then interpret the data.
She also stressed that Kindergarten glyph should only have 3 elements. Any more than that is way too much information.
I was inspired. I have been looking for ways to do more data analysis types of activities in my ongoing quest to teach math in more integrated and engaging ways.
As part of a recent unit of study on ponds I was able to create my first glyph!
We read several pond stories and all of them included frogs. Frogs captured the imaginations of my young learners.
Here are the 3 questions in my glyph:
I think frogs are cool = a dark green frog outline
I think frogs are creepy= a light green frog outline
I have touched a frog = big wiggle eyes
I have not touched a frog= small wiggle eyes
I like Jump Frog Jump best = a long red tongue
I like In a Small, Small Pond best = a short red tongue
If you are like me and have never used glyphs before I hope you give it a try and see if they inspire you too!