Adapting Data Nuggets to your classroom

The standard Data Nugget template has been iteratively developed in collaboration with K-12 teachers and Understanding Science, and brings a student through the process of science. There are several features that will allow you to customize a Data Nugget for your classroom and allow for differentiated learning:

  • Content Levels: Data Nuggets are ranked from 1-4 according to the reading, vocabulary, and content level of the background information provided to students. Readability for each activity is determined using the Flesch–Kincaid Reading Grade Level, which calculates how difficult a reading passage in English is to understand. Content level is determined by aligning each activity with science standards and discussions with our advisor panel of K-12 teachers. Some Data Nuggets are available at multiple levels.

background reading level

  • Graph Types: Each Data Nugget activity comes in three graph types. Type A activities provide the graph for the students, (allowing a focus on graph interpretation, making claims based on evidence, and explaining reasoning), Type B activities provide axis labels but requires students to graph the data, and Type C provides an unlabeled grid on which to draw a graph. We recommend you start the school year with Type A graphs and build to Type C where students must create a graph entirely on their own.

graphing skill level

  • Vocabulary: teachers should feel free to adjust the vocabulary used within the Data Nugget to align with terms that students are more familiar with. For example, Data Nuggets use the terms “Independent” and “Dependent” variables, which can be changed to “Predictor” and “Response” if preferred. In addition, we have broken the Interpret the Data section into a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning format; however it could be changed to any other format for constructing explanations.
  • Extra Materials: if available, there are links to extra materials relevant to the particular Data Nugget at the bottom of each page. For example, there might be a link to a scientific paper published using the data, a link to the original dataset for more complicated analysis/statistics, news/media on the research, or a related lesson plan.
  • Ratings and Comments: if you have used a Data Nugget in your classroom, please take time to leave a comment on the website page. This will help us update Data Nuggets that are not easy to use in the classroom and will let other teachers know about your experience. If you have an idea for an extension for a Data Nugget please feel free to share that as well!

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