The "LearningWithData" software is also useful for students in grades 6-12.
by Holly Dodson (modified by WP, 11/13/2008)
Here is a link for an one hour activity using "Learning With Data." You will need more time beforehand to familiarize the students with the user friendly interface. The lesson plans include several suggested exercises that will allow the students to become accustomed to using the software before completing the activity. We have used this activity with students grades 6-12 and at the Community College level, but it was originally designed for eighth grade Earth science.
The lesson plans also address how this activity fits in with the California State Science Standards for grades 6-12. You can print out both the lesson plans and the activity sheets from your web browser. Lesson plans are also included in the "LearningWithData" CDROM <table of contents>.
See the "LearningWithData" activity in use in an eighth grade science class in San Diego.