Summary: Adaptation of Data Nuggets Module Winter is Coming! for an Elementary Education Science Methods Course (30 minutes)
Teaching Notes: Very little of this module needed to be adapted for a preservice elementary teacher audience. I distributed the first two pages of the student activity from the original data nuggets module as well as a redesigned data analysis sheet. Student groups read through the student activity introduction, and we discussed the set-up of the experiment and the research question. After students made their initial predictions about the expected findings, I posted a table of the actual results on the board. The groups then finished the rest of the data analysis. We concluded by discussing what Doug’s next steps might be; however, we did not complete the rest of the module.
What worked well:
- Having students predict the data distributions that they thought would result from the experiment. This helped them see beyond which seeds germinated “best” when analyzing the results.
- Asking students to look for patterns in the data. Very interesting discussions emerged as students looked beyond simply whether the seeds did worse when transplanted and began to debate which transplant context had the more severe impact.
What I would do differently:
What I wish I knew:
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