Grade 5 Classroom Case: The Role of Data Discussions

Discussing data can be one of the most exciting and interesting parts of a science lesson — and perhaps the most important. There‘s a lot to learn about data and it can‘t all be learned at once, so it is important to help students focus in on dimensions of the data set that are most relevant to the investigation (for example, data discrepancies). Encourage students to keep the emphasis on ideas, thinking, and reasoning from the data — not on “right” answers.