Setting Up Your Data for Success
This highly customizable activity guides students through organizing and documenting spreadsheet data during a class investigation.
The activity focuses on decisions during data organization and collection that facilitate future graphing and analysis. It is designed to be used at the start of an investigation (e.g., experiment or lab) you may already be doing with your class. You can modify the “Customizable Student Handout” to use with a class investigation of your choosing. The “Educator Materials” provides guidance on customizing the student template and implementing the activity in class.
You can also download example materials customized for the ruler drop investigation. The “Ruler Drop Student Handout” document provides a filled-in example of the “Customizable Student Handout,” which can be further customized or used as is. The “Ruler Drop Educator Materials” document provides additional guidance for implementing the ruler drop investigation in class.
Student Learning Targets
- Practice data collection, data entry, and spreadsheet skills.
- Identify and implement effective practices for data organization and documentation.
- Describe the importance of spreadsheet practices that make data understandable and shareable.
data collection, data organization, documentation, hypothesis, long form, metadata, reproducible data, spreadsheet, variable, wide form
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
SEP3, SEP4, SEP5
AP Biology 2019
SP2, SP3, SP4
AP Environmental Science 2020
Learning Objectives & Practices: SP5
Common Core 2010
Vision and Change 2009