This article explores the ways in which data can be sorted and displayed, and how data may be used for making predictions. It uses a parent’s job as a meteorologist and an upcoming sports competition as the contexts for using data. Students sort their data sets in a variety of ways, looking for clues and patterns.
The journal article is tagged as supporting English, mathematics and statistics but it also supports the science capabilities ‘gather and interpret data’, ‘use evidence’ and ‘critique evidence’.
Check your school resource area for the article from the 2013 Level 3 Connected journal, ‘Food for thought’, download it as a google slide presentation or order it from the Ministry of Education.
Teacher support material and reusable content
The teacher support material (TSM) can be downloaded from TKI. The material outlines key nature of science examples – within the context of data gathering and interpretation – profiled in the article. It includes five activities that involve gathering and using data. Two activities have specific science components: Whatever the weather and Climate change?
The reusable content has text and images from the article.
Scientists use modelling to help make predictions, below are some examples:
Use these data gathering activities with your students:
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