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A critical part of any scientific experiment is collecting and analyzing data (as seen in the WHAT'S UP IN THE ENVIRONMENT? Web site, long-term projects). In this lesson, students learn first-hand about the strengths and weakness of qualitative and quantitative data by gathering and analyzing data collected from a classroom poll. Using what they’ve learned, students design and conduct a poll of their own. As an assessment piece, students can use what they’ve learned to teach their peers about qualitative and quantitative data, or stage a debate over the merits of qualitative versus quantitative data.


  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Data Analysis & Probability
  • Science > General
  • Science > Process Skills
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-09-27.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson, which stretches over a week or so, introduces middle students to qualitative vs quantitative data analysis.The Internet technology underlying the lesson is somewhat dated (from the 90’s) but the concepts are certainly still current. Students spend most of their time doing rather than learning about, an exemplary use of time but perhaps no longer do-able in these days of standards-based accountability.

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