The 5th grade has begun an integrated Science and Technology unit. In Science class, students are experimenting with Wisconsin Fast Plants and tracking their growth data in a collaborative Google Spreadsheet. After the plants have finished their life cycle and all the data has been collected, students will enter this information into Tinkerplots to analyze it by making dynamic graphs.
Tinkerplots uses a drag-and-drop interface to create colorful visualizations that helps students make sense of real data and recognize patterns as they unfold. To gain familiarity with the program before their Fast Plant data is ready, students are currently graphing other sample data sets, like this log of “cicada data”.