Gorongosa: Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis

How does the scientific process begin? Introduce ecology scholars to scientific inquiry through an insightful, data-driven lesson. Partners examine data from an ongoing research study to determine the questions it answers. The resource includes tips for using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to help with statistical analysis.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Plan the lesson after the Making Observations activity to build science skills
  • Have early finishers use the available data to generate more questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider assigning parts of an ecological relationships activity as a refresher course to prepare for this lesson
  • Each working group needs access to the Internet and Microsoft Excel 

  • The activity is highly differentiated, making it a great choice for less-experienced young scientists
  • Materials in the teacher's guide include student worksheets, related resource links, and an answer key

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