Analyzing Data - Out Teach
This is a distance-learning lesson students can complete at home.
Students will collect data outdoors and record the data in a table. Then, they will compare the numbers collected by writing greater-than, less-than or equal-to statements.
This activity was created by Out Teach (out-teach.org), a nonprofit providing outdoor experiential learning to transform Science education for students in under-served communities. .
This is one of Out Teach's outdoor lessons, and we always want to make sure students are safe and responsible when you go outside to learn. Before starting this lesson, ask a grown-up if you can go outside and let them know where you plan to be. Get a grown-up's permission before starting this lesson. You may need to wait for another time to do this lesson safely. Have your grown-up read through this lesson with you and think about the best way to do it. Everyone's situation is going to be different and that's okay. Also, look at the supplies list before you begin. We wouldn't want you to have to come back inside for a pencil or a piece of tape. Have fun learning outside!
Think and Observe
In this activity, you are going to be a scientist that explore the outdoors.
If you have a hand lens, take it with you.
Here is a video that shows you how to use a hand lens: CLICK HERE
Think about these questions:
• How many different colored flowers do you think you can find outside?
• How many different leaf shapes do you think you can find outside?
• How many rock shapes do you think you can find outside?
• How many different textures (smooth, rough, bumpy, sticky) do you think you can find outside?
When you are outside, you are going to select two kinds of objects to count, and you will record your observations in your journal or on paper.
Go outside to explore!
• Open your journal or grab a paper.
• Make a table with two columns (see attachment).
• Look around and decide what two types of objects you are going to count. For example, you can count the number of yellow flowers or the number of smooth things you find.
• Write the number of each item on each side of the table.
Write the answer to these questions:
• For each number you wrote, how many are in the ten's place?
• Which number is bigger? The number on the first column? The number on the second column? How do you know?
Write About It
Look at the number on the first column and compare it to the number on the second column.
• Write the greater-than, less-than, or equal-to symbol.
• Write a sentence that reflects your answer. For example, "20 is greater than 12", or, "12 is less than 20".
• To recall what each symbol means, remember that "the mouth wants to eat the biggest number, so it faces the biggest number."
If you click HERE you will find a song that will help you understand the meaning of the symbols.
Solve the following word problem in your journal or paper, or using the space below:
This activity will help students to understand that scientists collect and organize data. Then, they analyze and study the data and make comparisons to understand what the data is telling them about the world around them.
To extend the learning experience, have students write greater-than, less-than, and equal-to statements with other sets of data they collect.