Engaging Middle School Students in the Analysis and Interpretation of Real-World Data

November 1st, 2013 | RESEARCH

This article describes the author's method of teaching sixth-grade students through The Natural Inquirer, a free journal designed by the USDA Forest Service for middle school students. The 90-minute lesson presented incorporates scientific practices emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including the analysis and interpretation of data, as well as the construction of scientific explanations based on evidence. The author outlines the instruction process and includes a wrap-up activity to end the lesson.


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Team Members

National Science Teachers Association, Contributor
Cheryl A. McLaughlin, Author, University of Florida


Publication: Science Scope
Volume: 37
Number: 3
Page(s): 53


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Middle School Children (11-13)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs