This Lesson 8: WildCam Gorongosa Data Analysis lesson plan also includes:
How do scientists analyze data to get a specific answer to a question? The final chapter in an eight-part series of activities centered around Gorongosa National Park encourages scholars to dig deeper into the scientific process. After using spreadsheet technology to sort their data, individuals answer a practice question using it and then create a testable question of their own that can be answered by their observations of park camera images.
- Make this the culminating lesson the summative assessment for your ecology unit
- Have the class answer a question they previously generated during other lessons in the series, or propose a new question for the study
- Schedule computer lab time if you plan to complete the data analysis on Excel or Google Sheets
- Individuals can pool data and complete the lesson in small groups
- Pupils get practice using metadata to help identify and sort the characteristics of the animals they choose to study
- The activity puts the class in a very realistic research setting