The student is expected to record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words.
The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations.
Setup and Collect Data: Discovery Education (website) - Information about the types of data (e.g., quantitative, qualitative) students can collect from an investigation.
Conducting a Science Experiment: Science Buddies (website) - Any successful investigation requires an accurate and thorough recording of data. This site is geared toward students, but provides solid strategies that a teacher can present to help students organize their scientific information.
Freckle Face: Illuminations Resources for Teaching Math (website) - Students collect and record information about a partner’s face, combine all data from the class, and organize the data into representative pictographs.
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- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
The Eyes Have It: Illuminations Resources for Teaching Math (website) - In this investigation, students collect data about their classmates’ eye color and create bar graphs that organize and classify the data collected. Then they pose and answer questions based on the data, and find the range and mode.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Up On Top: Illuminations Resources for Teaching Math (website) - Students generate bar graphs, which they use to devise and answer questions during an investigation related to hair color. Includes assessment and extensions.
Have students identify a research topic on which they would like to collect data (e.g., the number of pets owned by each of their classmates). Once all data have been gathered, instruct students to represent their findings in any form that is appropriate, or in several different forms (tables, charts, illustrations, etc.).
The Great Graph Contest. Leedy, L. (ISBN-13: 978-0823417100)
Talley O’Malley. Murphy, S. (ISBN-13: 978-0060531645)
Create a Graph: National Center for Education Statistics (website) - Graphs or charts can help to make complicated information more understandable. This great website enables students to create and practice with different types of graphs and charts online.