When we think of phenomena, we often think of video clips and demonstrations. We often forget about using data. Here is your guide to using data as the phenomenon in NGSS aligned lesson sequence.
Why use data your phenomenon in your NGSS lesson sequence?
Data can spark questions and stimulate curiosity. Also, data often provide information without a complete explanation. Therefore, it is a great way to lead a discovery-based lesson sequence.
Additionally, data can often provide a local connection. Many websites allow you to search for data on weather, earthquakes, and other information using your zip code or city.
Data can be used to show:
- patterns that exist over time.
- changes in predictable patterns.
- similarities and differences across space and time.
What are some good resources for using data as a phenomenon?
There are tons of great resources that can be used to find data to use and your phenomenon for your NGSS lesson sequence. For example, here are a few sites that I use to find data:
- US Geological Survey: Find data about recent earthquakes, water conditions, volcanos, landslides, and more.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): This site has data about everything from hurricanes to fisheries.
- Weatherspark: This is a great place to find historical information about the local weather.
- Data.gov: There is tons of data here. Examples of topics include agriculture, climate, and ecology.
Also, data can take many forms. For example, graphs, maps, and other representations can be used to present data to your students.
Want to learn more?
Here are a few resources.
- Using Google Slides for Digital Graph Annotations
- Using a Notice and Wonder Activity to Introduce Phenomena
- Your Questions about Phenomena Answered
- Teaching Science in 3D Podcast: How You Can Incorporate Phenomena