Your Guide to Using Data as NGSS Phenomena in Your Classroom

June 14, 2020 No Comments

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:

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.

Where are your favorite places to find data?  Comment below.

Erin Sadler

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