Scientists often present their findings and conclusions through various kinds of visual representation. Sometimes the raw data can be difficult to understand without any further processing.  In this section we will explore ways in which students can develop their skills so that they are able to access information or data from visuals, tables and graphs.

Many students encounter real difficulties when trying to interpret data, so the purpose of providing some real climatic data as the stimulus in this activity is to help us, as teachers identify some of difficulties students regularly encounter and then consider strategies to help solve the issues.

When your students are presented with visual data, are they able to interpret it?

Is the conclusion at the end of an investigation just one or two of sentences or a fuller explanation of what the results are saying?

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