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Second graders create a bar graph to pictorically represent the data collected from a survey of students. They use Excel to electronically create the graphs and data tallies. They then interpret their data using sentences to explain.
Students explore speed of a falling object. In this seventh or eighth grade mathematics instructional activity, students collect and analyze data as they graph distance as a function of time. Students investigate how a change in mass affects the average speed of a falling object.
Students graph scatter plots and interpret a quadratic function using TI-Nspire calculator. They also apply the vertex form of a quadratic equation and calculate the maximum value of a parabola. Finally, students identify and interpret what physical property is represented along the x-axis and y-axis and what the units are.
Students distinguish between scientific and everyday meaning of key terms: theory, hypothesis, law, fact, law-and use in context. They recognize the variables that affect observation, data collection, and interpretation.
Here is an unexpected, but practical resource. It is not a worksheet, but rather an outline of what a science laboratory participant should include in a report. Especially valuable is a grading rubric that spells out what is expected for each portion of the lab report. Distribute this to your class members at the beginning of the course and have them keep it on hand as reference for all of their report writing.
Students create a pictograph. In this data analysis lesson, students read the book Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger and create a pictograph using data collected from the text.
Students discover the equation of a line. They accurately record data collected from the game, "You're On A Roll", create number sentences by rolling dice, and choose their own values for the multiplication and addition steps.
Students perform activities involving ratios, proportions and percents. Given a newspaper article, groups of students count the number of letters in a given area. They use calculators and data collected to construct a pie chart and bar graph of the information. Each group shares his data with the class. They compare their data and determine letters that are used most frequently.
Help youngsters get to know their states and capitals, explore their own country, and study American symbolism. They take a "trip" across America collecting symbols, images, and information about each state as they go (through text and Internet research). Using their new knowledge, they create a new American flag incorporating at least three different state symbols. A really cool activity that can be modified to fit grades 4-6!
Even the youngest kids can make scientific comparisons using collected data. They read The Tiny Seed, then discuss the essential nutrients and elements needed for a seed to grow into a blooming plant. They plant seeds and track their growth using a sting, create paper plant, and label it. After their seeds have bloomed they give them to their moms along with a Mother's Day poem. Great ideas!
Students work in groups of two to gather information on surveying the base paths at the school. They interpret results to make the base paths level and to the right grade and draw the contour on the program AutoCAD.
Students work together to complete a research project on Harry Potter. They write a research question and develop a survey to give to their classmates. Using the results, they create a graph and draw conclusions about the data collected.
First graders explore collecting data. They collect data using a data collection sheet and enter the data into Excel. Students create graphs using Excel. They share their graphs with the class.
Students study previously collected data to explore height changes. In this graphing instructional activity, students create two line graphs to compare height data collected. Students analyze the information provided by the graph.
Students investigate reaction rates. In this seventh or eighth grade mathematics lesson plan, students collect, record, and analyze data regarding how the temperature of water affects the dissolving time of a sugar cube. Studetns determin the line of best fit and relate slope to rate of change.
Middle schoolers enlist the help of their families to collect and track the amount of junk mail that arrives in the course of one week; use the data collected to complete a chart that estimating the amount of junk mail the family throw away in a month and a year and use the class data set to figure the average amount of junk mail a family receives.
Students identify and demonstrate a positive learning attitude and use basic concepts and skills. Learners also communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form. Finally, students participate in the daily data collection and graphing experience by adding to the class data.
Students analyze the sliding of boxes along a warehouse floor. In this algebra lesson plan, students connect math and physics by calculating the friction created by the sliding of each box. They develop faster method to move the box, based on their data collection on friction.
First graders investigate apples using their five senses. In this five senses lesson, 1st graders use all their sensory information to determine the type of apple in the experiment.
Young scholars list data collected by marine buoys and the different kinds of moored buoys. They describe how data is transmitted worldwide. They explain the difference between near shore and offshore air and water temperatures.