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Representing Scientific Data: Drawing Graphs, Charts and Tables (Self-Paced)

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Katie
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(51)
This self-paced course starts by introducing scientific data, variables and tables, before working through how to draw scatter graphs, line graphs, bar graphs, histograms and pie charts.

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US Grade 5 - 12
Intermediate Level
6 units//13 lessons//6 Weeks
Unit 1Introduction to scientific data, variables, graphs and tables
3 lessons1 Week
Introduction to scientific data, variables, graphs and tables
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Welcome to Mastering Scientific Graphs
Hi everyone, I'm so excited to have you join us for this course on representing scientific data through tables and graphs! Just before we get started, I've attached a quick summary of a recommended schedule for this course and a welcome video so you know what to look forward to. With the new self-paced format, you can go as fast or slow as you like, but this schedule may help you keep on track.
Lesson 2
Understanding scientific variables for graphs and charts
Today, we will learn about scientific variables. This may seem a bit of an odd starting point for a course primarily focused on drawing tables and graphs, but understanding scientific variables will be really important later on when we come to decide what to plot on our graphs or how to describe trends in data! You will learn: - The three scientific variables (dependent, independent and variable) - Examples of different variables in various scientific experiments
Lesson 3
Scientific data tables
Today, we will learn about scientific data tables. We use tables to represent scientific data, do calculations and assist us in preparing graphs. You will learn: - How to structure a data table in science - Important conventions for recording scientific data accurately - Using units in tables of data - Identifying anomalies in data - Calculating the mean for a set of data
Unit 2Drawing a scatter graph for scientific data
2 lessons1 Week
Drawing a scatter graph for scientific data
 Week 2
Lesson 4
Drawing scatter graphs for scientific data
In this lesson, we will be focusing on drawing scatter graphs. You will learn: - When to use a scatter graph to present scientific data - How to decide which variables go on each axis of a scatter graph - Key features of scatter graphs - How to describe a trend in scientific data from a scatter graph
Lesson 5
Drawing a scatter graph together
We will work through drawing a scatter graph together. As you watch, I recommend drawing along with me to help you practice. You will learn: - Where to put the independent and dependent variables on a scatter graph and label the axis - How to scale your axis to "zoom in" on where your data is - How to add error bars to show how precise your data is - How to draw a line / curve of best fit for a scatter graph - How to analyse and describe a trend in scientific data from a scatter graph
Unit 3Drawing a line graph for scientific data
2 lessons1 Week
Drawing a line graph for scientific data
 Week 3
Lesson 6
Drawing line graphs for scientific data
In this lesson, we will learn about line graphs. You will learn: - When to use a line graph to present scientific data - Differences between line graphs and scatter graphs - How to decide which variables go on each axis of a line graph - Key features of line graphs - How to describe a trend in scientific data from a line graph
Lesson 7
Drawing a line graph together
We will work through drawing a line graph together. You will learn: - Where to put the independent and dependent variables on a line graph and label the axis - How to scale your axis for time-based data on a line graph - How to plot multiple sets of data on the same line graph for comparison - How to draw lines to complete the line graph and illustrate trends - How to analyse and describe a trend in scientific data from a line graph
Unit 4Drawing a pie chart for scientific data
2 lessons1 Week
Drawing a pie chart for scientific data
 Week 4
Lesson 8
Drawing pie charts for scientific data
In this lesson, we will learn about pie charts. You will learn: - When to use a pie chart to present scientific data - Key features of pie charts - How to describe a trend in scientific data from a pie chart
Lesson 9
Drawing a pie chart together
We will work through drawing a pie together. As you watch, I recommend drawing along with me to help you practice. You will learn: - Where to put the independent and dependent variables on a pie chart - How to scale your pie chart to fit your data - How to calculate the number of degrees each segment of your pie chart requires - How to plot a pie chart with a template or a protractor - How to analyse and describe scientific data presented in a pie chart
Unit 5Drawing a bar graph / bar chart for scientific data
2 lessons1 Week
Drawing a bar graph / bar chart for scientific data
 Week 5
Lesson 10
Drawing bar graphs / charts for scientific data
In this lesson, we will learn about bar graphs / bar charts. You will learn: - When to use a bar graph to present scientific data (the three key criteria data must meet for bar graphs) - Differences between bar graphs and other graphs (e.g. scatter graphs) - How to decide which variables go on each axis of a bar graph - Key features of bar graphs - How to describe a trend in scientific data from a bar graph - How to make bar graphs more visual using pictograms
Lesson 11
Drawing a bar graph / chart together
We will work through drawing a bar graph together. As you watch, I recommend drawing along with me to help you practice. You will learn: - Where to put the independent and dependent variables on a bar graph and label the axis - How to scale your axis to "zoom in" on where your data is - How to add error bars to show how precise your data is - How to analyse and describe a trend in scientific data from a bar graph
Unit 6Drawing a histogram for scientific data
2 lessons1 Week
Drawing a histogram for scientific data
 Week 6
Lesson 12
Drawing histograms for scientific data
In this lesson, we will learn about histograms. You will learn: - When to use a histogram to present scientific data (three key criteria data must meet for histograms) - Differences between histograms and bar graphs or scatter graphs - How to decide which variables go on each axis of a histogram - Key features of histograms - How to analyse and describe trends in scientific data from a histogram - How histograms can be presented in different ways to highlight trends
Lesson 13
Drawing a histogram together
We will work through drawing a histogram together. As you watch, I recommend drawing along with me to help you practice. You will learn: - Where to put the independent and dependent variables on a histogram and label the axis - How to calculate "frequency density" (bar height) for a histogram, including for data with varying bin widths - How to plot a histogram with graph paper - How to analyse and describe a trend in scientific data from a histogram
Students will learn how to:
- Define and identify independent, dependent and control variables
- Suggest variables for example experiments
- Draw data tables correctly according to scientific convention
- Analyse numerical data by identifying anomalies and calculating the mean
- Identify when to use each type of graph and what type of data it is suitable for
- Label the axis correctly with the independent/ dependent variables
- Scale the axis to "zoom in" on the data points
- Draw error bars to show the range in data
- Draw a line of best fit or trend line
- Identify and describe trends in data using correct scientific terminology and conventions
I am a qualified UK science teacher with significant experience teaching both in school and more informal settings (summer camps, tutoring, science club, etc). 
Homework Offered
Each week, learners will be expected to watch the class video(s), review the summary sheet, join in the online quiz and complete a graph drawing task.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Each week, learners will complete their own graph or table, which they should share in the classroom to receive individual feedback and recommendations. They will also complete a self-marking online quiz. If you require a written grade or report, please send me a message with the details to discuss if this can be arranged.
Grades Offered
I can provide a letter grade upon request. Please send me details on the grading system you wish to use.
Learners should have a basic understanding of scientific experiments, e.g. from school science investigations. They should be confident with maths skills such as addition and division, as well as some familiarity with drawing simple graphs.
 3 files available upon enrollment
Learners will need: - Graph paper (pdf printout provided) - Pie chart template (pdf printout provided) OR protractor and pair of compasses - Pencil - Ruler - Eraser - Calculator - Coloured pencils
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(51)
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Hi everyone! My name is Katie, I teach fun yet educational science classes aimed at inspiring children to develop their scientific research skills and truly understand science. My classes combine interesting and useful topics with clear learning... 
Self-Paced Class

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13 pre-recorded lessons
6 weeks of teacher support
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Ages: 10-18

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