I have created a set of 5 mini-lessons/instructional worksheets that scaffold the skills of graphing and data analysis while building my students’ scientific background knowledge.
Rather than graphing meaningless data about favorite colors and pets your students will graph and analyze scientifically meaningful data based on real-world research on wild birds.
Skills and content you and your students will enjoy:
1. Leveled scaffolding in making bar and line graphs.
2. Data analysis that requires using data as evidence to support conclusions.
3. Mathematical analysis including calculating averages, speed and percentages.
4. Experimental design analysis: form research questions and determine variables.
5. Graphing and analysis of data based on actual scientific studies on bird ecology and behavior.
Lesson one and two are designed to teach basic graphing and initiate thinking about experimental design and the meaning behind data.
Lessons 3 and 4 provide additional practice with reduced scaffolding so skills learned in the first two lessons can be applied by the student.
Lesson 5 has the least scaffolding in graphing and can be used as a formative or summative assessment.
1. Learning to Graph & Analyze Data I
When do Dark-Eyed Juncos Visit Bird Feeders?
2. Learning to Graph & Analyze Data II
How does the number of nesting pairs change from year to year?
3. Practice Graphing & Analyzing Data I
Do woodpeckers prefer seeds or suet?
4. Practice Graphing & Analyzing Data II
To which country are Ruby-throated hummingbirds most likely to migrate?
5. Assessment: Graphing & Analyzing Data
How far might a Peregrine falcon migrate?
Instruction is built into the worksheet – Based on your students’ experience with graphing, analysis and understanding variables you can determine whether they can work independently or need direct instruction for this activity.
Each lesson can stand on its own depending on your students’ abilities in graphing and analysis. Answer keys are included.
** Please note that the x-axis error is fixed; the first lesson includes a line graph as does the last lesson.**
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