Ideas for Collecting Data
Providing evidence to support a hypothesis is an important part of the science inquiry process. Keeping track of data is an important skill to help youth provide evidence to support their ideas or claims. In this video, staff use group documentation strategies to help youth remember their predictions and observations of what is taking place during the activity. Pay special attention to the specific role youth have in keeping track of the data and recording the results.
Research suggests: Frontline staff and volunteers encourage youth to create diagrams and to represent data and observations with plots and tables, as well as with written text (NGSS, page 77). Frontline staff and volunteers support youth in recording data or observations about events, actions, and objects (SPQA).