This journal will help you engage students with the nature of data collection and making claims based on evidence.
You will find the teacher slide deck for A Frog Swamp Mystery along with two versions of the journal. One is more compact than the other but they are otherwise the same.
Click to access teacher Google slide deck. Make a copy to use and modify as you see fit.
The other slide deck is for use with the PQRST Basic Sciencing Journal. It takes young scientists past making a testable question and has them actually collect and analyze data of two different brands of jumping frogs – Bumpy Back (found here from Amazon) and Smooth Back (found here from Oriental Trading). Depending on how in-depth you want to take data analysis, you can either have young scientists think about their data by analyzing the trials without averaging or averaging the trial sets AND calculating standard deviation and standard error. If calculating standard deviation and error is beyond their math level, you can also use this Google sheet file which will do that work for them. This then allows the focus to be on making sense of what standard deviation and standard error mean when telling the story of the data and comparing trial sets.