Vortex Cannons, Sneezes and High-Interest Phenomena: Make Data Collection Fun in the Elementary Classroom

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Join Science Friday and Share My Lesson for a webinar on data collection that will be fun for everyone.

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Data collection is a foundational science skill – it is a critical part of experimentation and crucial for the development of sound scientific reasoning. It is never too early to start collecting data with your students! In this session, participants will learn how to introduce data collection to elementary students using high interest phenomena and hands-on investigations. Each investigation is launched by real stories of scientists and engineers tackling problems in physical, life, and earth and space sciences. Participants will experience what it is like to be “students” in the data collection process through worked examples – including vortex cannons, sneezes, and water-repelling leaves. With each example, they will encounter an interesting phenomenon, a guiding question, and a new fun way of collecting data. We’ll discuss differentiating data collection strategies and explore how the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices distinguish between data collection for grades K-2 and 3-5. Participants will leave with three data-driven, NGSS-aligned classroom activities for elementary students, multimedia to accompany each, and tools for creating their own data collection lessons around natural phenomena.


Available for one-hour of PD credit.

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