Grade Level: 4-6 7-9 10-12
Personality: Adventurous

Lesson: Collecting Data in the Real World

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During the research phase of a unit or project, students will learn how to collect their own data—
both qualitative and quantitative—by learning about various research methodologies at six different
learning stations. Students will ultimately identify the most appropriate form for their groups’ research
and undertake steps to prepare to collect data in the real world.

Description

This 14 page lesson covers approximately 4-5 hours of class time for an ELA-Science integrated research project. The lesson is broken into 4 phases to prepare students to analyze habits of researchers and data collection methods and identify the best fit for their research. The main activity of this lesson includes 5 learning stations which break down The What, The Why and The How for each of the 5 research methodologies presented-the directions for the set-up of each station are provided on Teacher Handout #1. 2 Check for Understanding Prompts are embedded in this lesson, in addition to 2 student handouts: 1) Data collection preparation 2) Data collections logistics checklist.

Additional information

4-6

7-9

10-12

Deeper Learning Lesson

Adventurous

Real-World Work

Additional Information

Grade level
6–10

Content areas covered
ELA and science, with strong integration opportunities in math and cross-curricular thematic connections in all other subject areas

Total time
4–5 hours

Learning targets
Deeper Learning competencies:
Master core academic content (b, d, e, d, g, h)
Think critically and solve complex problems (a, c, d, e, f)
Work collaboratively (a)
Communicate effectively (a)
Learn how to learn (a, b, I, m)

Standards
CCSS ELA SL-1, SL-6, W-7, W-8, W-9, RI-7
NGSS Science-Scientific and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Experience snapshot
During the research phase of a unit or project, students will learn how to collect their own data—both qualitative and quantitative—by learning about various research methodologies at six different learning stations. Students will ultimately identify the most appropriate form for their groups’ research and undertake steps to prepare to collect data in the real world.

Note: For a social science or ELA class, students should have already developed a topic and essential question for their research. For a science class, this lesson could be used as an initial form of data
collection prior to developing a hypothesis. In an engineering class, use this lesson in the early stages of Design Thinking, prior to identifying a problem.

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