Reflection: Student Feedback Using Crosscutting Concepts to Analyze Roller Coaster Data - Section 3: Sharing Our Findings


Pooling student data is an effective strategy to get students to confirm the results of their own investigations, and allows students to develop important data evaluation skills.  By giving kids the opportunity to visit students in other groups, they can continue to find patterns as they compare their results to other group's data.  In addition, they can use this opportunity to analyze the accuracy of other's work.  

Another important aspect is that students get feedback that is immediate and critical to their learning.  As they share their results they are once again required to compare other data to their own.  If other groups are getting similar results, it confirms that their own data is accurate (in most cases).

Pooling data also allows students to collect more data over a shorter amount of time, which increases the amount of trials.   

I plan to have students pool their data more as the year goes on.

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Using Crosscutting Concepts to Analyze Roller Coaster Data

Unit 4: Energy
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT: Analyze data to find patterns in their roller coaster data, leading to deeper understanding of energy.

Big Idea: The 'unsung heroes' of the NGSS are Crosscutting Concepts, because they connect various disciplines. Students will use patterns, structure and function, and cause and effect relationships to make connections between energy and roller coaster designs.

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