Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding A Picture of Data - Section 2: Mini Lesson

In the mini lesson today, I thought the best way to approach the graphing was to allow the students to make sense of what an informative graph was, and was not. As suggested by the Science and Engineering practices, students must learn to analyze data and use mathematical computation to communicate that data.  By working with graphs in this lesson, I am leading my students into that practice in a natural way, that makes real-world sense.

I always think that learners benefit, and make better sense of information, when they can determine the difference between the right and wrong model. Had I simply showed the students a graph and then asked them to create one, I am sure I would have had every level of work.

Analyzing the three different graphs also pushed my students to be more critical about what they wanted their work to become and knew exactly what the differences were between high and low quality.

Showing Strong and Weak Examples
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Showing Strong and Weak Examples

A Picture of Data

Unit 7: Matter
Lesson 6 of 6

Big Idea: The Science and Engineering Practices state that students need to learn to analyze and interpret data and use mathematical and computational skills. This lesson combines both practices.

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Science, Data Use and Analysis, Graphing, measurements, matter
40 minutes

Michelle Marcus

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