The student is expected to construct simple tables, charts, bar graphs, and maps using tools and current technology to organize, examine, and evaluate data.
The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
Using Graphs and Visual Data: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed information about the use and importance of visual representations (i.e., graphs and figures) for data analysis and interpretation. Includes references for further reading and additional learning modules.
Organizing Information: Glencoe Online (website) - Discussion and explanation of different tools and strategies we use to organize and present information, including tables, graphs, concept maps, etc.
Track the Weather with Weather Charts: Education.com (website) - Students conduct a three-part study to track the microclimate in their backyards, collecting data and constructing representative charts, tables and graphs on temperature, rainfall, and observed weather. By organizing, examining and evaluating the data, students learn about local temperature trends and rainfall frequency.
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Impact Craters: NASA (PDF) - Impact craters are formed when impactors, such as meteorites, smash into the moon’s surface. In this activity, students use “impactors” of different masses (marbles, ball bearings, etc.) to study the relationship of an impactor’s mass to crater size. Students construct graphs, tables and charts to represent and evaluate the data collected.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Learning to Make Data Tables: SEDL (PDF) - Tutorial that guides students through the process of making a data table. Includes examples.
Number Games: Kids Math Games (website) - Provide students with information to put into a table. They can extend the assessment by creating a bar graph.
Great Tables, Graphs, Charts, Diagrams & Timelines You Can Make. Zike, Dinah (ISBN-13: 978-1882796144)
Beginning Charts, Graphs & Diagrams. Carratello, Patty (ISBN-13: 978-1557341686)
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.
Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions: Discovery Education (website) - Students analyze a table of data collected from a plant growth experiment, make conclusions and answer questions regarding experiment outcomes.