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Comparing Results

Comparing Results

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to compare results of investigations with what students and scientists know about the world.

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Essential Understanding

The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations.

Science Background

Analyze and Draw Conclusions: Discovery Education (website) - This article provides insight on helping students to conducting science investigations, and to look for/identify patterns in the data they collect.

Analyze and Draw Conclusions
Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

Data, Analysis and Interpretation: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed information on data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination, along with references for further reading and additional learning modules on graphing, statistics and data accuracy.

Data, Analysis and Interpretation
Visionlearning.com

Signature Lesson

Delta Wing Flyer: PBS Kids (website) - Students create gliders out of paper and drinking straws, and test how different variables (addition of paper clips on different parts of the plane, use of tissue paper instead of newspaper, etc.) impact the distance their gliders fly. Students then record and explain their results, and compare their data to those submitted by other students on the website

Delta Wing Flyer
PBS Kids, www.pbskids.org

Supporting Lessons

An Introduction to Inclined Planes: Teach Engineering (website) - Students learn how inclined planes can reduce the work necessary to complete difficult tasks. Includes teacher background, assessments and extensions.

An Introduction to Inclined Planes
Teach Engineering, www.teachengineering.org

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

ZOOMsci: PBS Kids (website) - Choose from numerous featured experiments to engage your students in a wide range of science investigations requiring data interpretation and analysis, and the construction of explanations from observable and inferred evidence.

ZOOMsci
PBS Kids, www.pbskids.org

Assessment Ideas

Galileo’s Experiments: PBS (website) - Give each student two different sized balls or material (e.g., clay or paper) shaped into balls. Have students predict which ball will drop fastest, and then design/conduct an investigation to test their predictions. Show students the website interactive and have them compare their results to those attained by Galileo.

Galileo's Experiments
PBS, www.pbs.org

Literature Connections

So Do You Have a Science Fair Project. Henderson, J. (ISBN-13: 978-0471202561)

Related Science TEKS

(2.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(2.1B) Importance of Safe Practices
The student is expected to describe the importance of safe practices.

(2.1C) Recycling/Disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.

(2.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events during observations and investigations.

(2.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct descriptive investigations such as how organisms grow.

(2.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data from observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, thermometers, and non-standard measurement tools.

(2.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words.

(2.2E) Communicate and Justify Explanations
The student is expected to communicate observations and justify explanations using student-generated data from simple descriptive investigations.

(2.3B) Make Predictions
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns.

Related Math TEKS

2.12D    The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

2.13A    The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Create a Graph: Kids’ Zone (website) - Learn about different kinds of graphs, which graphs work best for which purpose, and how to communicate information visually by creating graphs and charts.

Create a Graph
Kids' Zone, nces.ed.gov

Representing Data, Introduction: KS3 Bitesize/BBC (website) - Links to information about creating and understanding the different types of graphs or charts used to organize and represent scientific data: bar charts, line graphs, pictograms, pie charts, frequency diagrams and scatter diagrams.

Representing Data, Introduction
KS3 Bitesize/BBC, www.bbc.co.uk

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