Reflection: Gradual Release Student Designed Lab: Graphing the Results - Section 3: Guided Practice


For some reason the majority of students, regardless of ability level, have a hard time remembering when to use a specific type of graph.  Some of this is likely due to the fact that they do not graph data on a daily, or even weekly, basis.  However, even during the units that have students creating multiple graphs they still struggle with this idea.

In an effort to ensure student success with this, I have students create this handy-dandy resource guide, aka: the cheat sheet, that students keep in their science journal.  This is something that they can reference as needed which serves two major purposes.  First, it acts as scaffolding for the students who need the help until it is no longer necessary.  Second, it helps students develop the habit of looking back at their notes.  These two things taken together allow for students to be independent while still helping students be successful.

  Why create a "cheat sheet"?
  Gradual Release: Why create a "cheat sheet"?
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Student Designed Lab: Graphing the Results

Unit 2: Introduction to Science and Engineering Practices
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT accurately choose and create a graph displaying experimental results.

Big Idea: Data determines the graph used, not the student!

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Science, Science Skills, experimental evidence, experimental design, Graphing, planning and carrying out investigations, obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information, Analyzing and interpreting data
  45 minutes
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