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Measuring Larval Monarchs
Data collection and interpretation is a big part of math as well as science. Get kids into graphing with a hands-on lesson where butterflies are the main attraction. The class reviews everything they know about the monarch life cycle, migration, and the characteristics of monarch larvae. Each child measures a monarch caterpillar, records his findings, and then uses the data to create a class distribution chart. Multiplication, metric measurement, and the life cycle; sounds like a winning combination!
Atlatl Lessons Grades 4-12: Lesson for Beginning Users of Atlatl
Sixth graders determine the mean, range median and mode of a set of numbers and display them. In this data lesson students form a set of data and use computer spreadsheet to display the information. They extend of the process by looking at data samples from real life and the conclusions that can be drawn from analyzing the data collected.
An inventive lesson shows learners how to collect, organize, and present mathematical data. They access websites which lead them through a variety of ways to engage in data collection. They get to design and create graphs, and present them to the class. Many cross-curricular lesson links related to this lesson are included in this spectacular plan.
Second graders use the internet to locate weather reports. They present data collected to the class through poster presentation. They read aloud the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and answer questions about the book's weather compared to our weather.
Science: Backyard Bugs Data Collection
Students practice data collection skills by observing common bugs found in their local environment. Once the data is collected they complete data sheets to compare, contrast, sort, and classify the insects. The lesson includes multiplication skills as students determine the total number of insect parts.
Riparian Zones Grades 4-8
Students examine and analyze the Riparian Zones found on the edges of streams and lakes. They assess why those are such valuable ecosystems and then conduct actual field research on riparian zones and conclude by drawing conclusions from their data collected.
Measurement (Grades 3-5)
Third, fourth, and fifth graders participate in measurement centers. They visit six different centers: standard and linear measurement, clocks, weight, volume, temperature, and converting measurements. They complete a data collection sheet at each station.
You'll Get a Charge Out of This!
Students explore different kinds of batteries. For this middle school data collection lesson, students collect data on voltage of batteries. Students compare the values of different batteries by analyzing the graphs and lists.
Fourth graders collect data for a specific purpose. In this weather collection lesson, 4th graders observe local weather conditions for period of time and plan how to chart the data they collect. Students evaluate the data as well as their data collection plans once the time period ends.
Great Lakes Ecology
Students are able to use a secchi disk to measure the turbidity of water by determining the depth at which the sechi disk is no longer visible and using the data in a formula to quantify the results. They are able to use Vernier probes to condcut water quality testing for: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, pH, temperature, phosphorous and produce computer printouts of the data collected.
WATT's the Deal?
Students collect data about the brightness of different light bulbs. In this data collection about the brightness of different light bulbs lesson plan, students determine the relationship of various watt light bulbs. Students plot their data using a scatter plot. Students find a linear model to fit the data.
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...
Students read, construct, and interpret simple bar graph, identify, and describe various forms of data collection in their world, classify objects according to similar attributes, and use a digital camera for information collection and analysis.
Students explore experimental and theoretical probability. In this middle school data collection and analysis instructional activity, students investigate the possible combinations of genotype using a Punnett Square. Students generate data using experimental probability and the laws of heredity.
The Shapes of Flight
Students explore interaction between mathematics, science, and technology as they look at process of researching, developing, testing, and evaluating airplane design. They calculate glide ratio for model paper airplane by using data collection, and determine which glide ratio is best.
Ozone and Temperature Data Analysis, South Pole Antarctica
Students discuss the layers of the atmosphere, and the history of the ozone hole. They discuss the chemistry of the ozone formation. Students compare seasonal data collected with ozonesondes. They compare Antarctic and Arctic ozone hole formation.
First graders explore data collecting and graphing. In this data collecting and graping lesson, 1st graders watch a video about monster who sells pancakes. Students make a graph to record the most popular pancake. Students also play online games involving bar graphs.
Graphing and Measurement Go Hand in Hand
Learners explore data collection and graphing. They will work in groups to determine the best tool to use for hand span measurement. They also collect hand span data and the whole class organizes data on a plot line graph.
Data Scavenger Hunt
Eighth graders discuss how data is collected and participate in data collection through a survey. They complete a scavenger hunt on the Internet to gain understanding of the data measures mean, median, mode, and range.
Planning a Trip to Disneyland Or Disney World, Part Two
Students, in groups, use data collected in the previous lesson to plan a trip to Disneyland or Disney World. Using skills they developed in the previous lessons, students determine meals, lodging, air travel, and incidentals.
River Optimization Problem
Students define the different methods used for optimizing a particular element of a problem. In this optimization problem instructional activity, students optimize appropriate details of a problem using data collection, algebra, technology, and/or calculus. Students also complete the inquiry-based worksheets included with the instructional activity.