These entries are very useful when organizing data, results, and observations. Tables allow for direct entry of data during an investigation, and because the data are already organized, it makes for easy analysis of trends or patterns later. Charts and graphs visually represent the data recorded to aid in analysis, as well. Summary tables, on the other hand, provide a condensed record of activities done in a unit and enable students to repeatedly tie newly learned concepts to big science ideas.

Examples: pie charts, bar & line graphs, claims-evidence table, summary table


Teacher Routine for Tables, Charts & Graphs:
How to get students ready
How to give feedback
What comes next
Record & organize information

Analyze data

Display patterns & trends
Model using an example

Determine what information is to be collected and how it could best be represented.
While circulating:
-check for clarity & organization
Make sense of information:
-What do these data show us?
-What patterns/trends do you see?


Summary table