Data Nuggets are built using a simple and flexible format, and can be used throughout the school year as students build confidence in their quantitative skills. Reading and graphing levels allow for differentiated learning for students with any science or reading background.
Each Data Nugget comes with three versions of the student activity and a Teacher Guide. Teacher Guides give example student responses, links to resources, and provide the teacher with additional information about the research or scientist. Following the same structure as the student activities, we designed these guides to help enrich classroom discussions and included suggested stopping points for class discussion and clarifications. There are three types of stopping points:
Teacher Notes: Provide additional background information for teachers, as well as suggestions for discussion topics. For example, we may share information provided by the scientist, detailing what their next research steps were after collecting the data presented in the activity.
Checks for Understanding: Provide stopping points for teachers to assess student understanding. These are particularly useful after students finish reading the Background Information sections or have just started to view and work with the data.
Meta Moments: Provide stopping points for students to think about their own thinking. Stepping back from the research, students can discuss the decisions they are making as they work though the Data Nugget, such as the way they chose to visualize their data to ease interpretation and support their claims.