Making Sense of Databy: Amy Palmeri

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Providing opportunities for students to grapple with collecting and organizing data, struggle with how to represent and communicate ideas emerging from the data, and consider the alignment of these ideas with the science content being learned is reflective of authentic inquiry and supports the development of scientific understanding. The interdisciplinary examples described in this article illustrate how students can learn powerful ways of documenting inquiry while at the same time make use of this documentation to support the development of key scientific understandings.

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  • on Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:52 PM

This article, as noticed in the title is about having students collect and understand their data. The article lists certain projects that would be great for data collecting such as a 5 week moon observation and plant growth observation. Within these projects, the students interpret and analyze their own data, ask questions, and ultimately behave like scientistists. This article is helpful to teacher who want to make data collecting more meaningful.


  • on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:22 PM

This article outlines three lessons that were done with elementary aged students related to data collection, organization and interpretation. They are all excellent examples of student led investigations where students are working with real data they collected.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

  • on Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:42 PM

Young students need opportunities to making sense of data. Many data collection tools, methods and data analysis are often prescribed for young students thinking they are not capable of making those choices. However, this author believes that young children need opportunities to identify which pieces of data are important to an investigation. They need to decide which pieces of data needs to be more clearly defined. Students also need to create their own tools for measuring, quantifying and/or describing data in a more systematic way. This article presents three activities that the author of this article has used that may accomplish these goals in a classroom of young children.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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