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