Looking at the Data

3, 4, 5

The purpose of this lesson is to analyze the data observed in the experiments, compare the results with the students' predictions and draw conclusions about the environment.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • gather and record data.
  • analyze data against prediction/prior knowledge.
  • apply techniques of comparison and critical thinking.
Experiment Recording forms from Attachment Three: Recording Results of Lesson Three: Let's Experiment!
Home Connection 
None for this lesson.
  • Bellamy, David. How Green Are You? Frances Lincoln, 1991. ISBN:0711206791
  • Harlow, Rose. Pollution and Waste: Environmental Facts and Experiments. Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002. ISBN: 0753455056
  • Maze, Stephanie. I Want to Be An Environmentalist. San Diego: Harcourt, Inc., 2000. ISBN: 015201862x


  1. Anticipatory Set:Have the students who brought “trash” from home attach it to the Slobosaurus outline and say how the material could have been reduced, reused or recycled.

  2. Ask the students to complete the Day Three observation of the experiments on the Recording Results experiment forms from Lesson Three: Let's Experiment!
  3. Divide the students into small groups equaling the number of experiments conducted. Give each group a large piece of chart paper labeled with the experiment number and divided into two columns: Predicted and Observed. Using their own recording forms the group should collaboratively fill in the columns in large clear printing so that it can be posted in the room for the entire class to use in the class discussion.
  4. Hold a class discussion about their observations of each experiment. For each experiment ask if their predictions were supported by their observations. Complete the remaining questions for each experiment as a class. Check for understanding of why the results were observed and what the results demonstrate about the effects of pollution. (The teacher may have to supply the information if the students do not infer it from the data. Help the students see the connection between the experiment and the real-world pollution.)
Participation in the “Slobosaurus” and experiment discussions Thoughtful completion of the recording forms for each experiment ( Attachment Three: Recording Results from Lesson Three: Let's Experiment! )
Cross Curriculum 
None for this lesson.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.3 Define stewardship and give examples.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark E.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
      2. Benchmark E.2 Research the need in the school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or world.