Scientific Method Activity Practice Data Analysis Qualitative and Quantitative

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Elevation Science
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6th - 8th
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This activity has students collect QUALITATIVE and QUANTITATIVE DATA about the candy in a mixed pack, such as Skittles or M&Ms. There are many candy activities out there, but none quite covered the quantitative and qualitative skills I wanted my middle school students to practice, so I designed my own! This lab is designed to be simple so that students can master beginner lab and data collection skills.

In this activity, students will:

  • READ an article about the differences between qualitative and quantitative data, then answer follow-up "check for understanding" questions.
  • PRACTICE basic lab skills such as following step-by-step directions and measuring mass.
  • GRAPH their data in a bar graph.
  • CALCULATE averages and percentages (with help and examples provided).
  • ANALYZE their data and compare their results with peers.

Teacher Notes:

  • Answer key provided.
  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
  • The only supplies you'll need are small packs of mixed-colored candy (we use Skittles), calculators, and balance or (preferably) digital scale.
  • You may also be interested in our activity to Practice Identifying Variables.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.
Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.
Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. For example, decide whether the words in a chapter of a seventh-grade science book are generally longer than the words in a chapter of a fourth-grade science book.


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