Active Learning and Student Data Collection in the Middle School Classroom

Jennifer Thompson, Science, James Martin Middle School

Final Unit(pdf)   Implementing Teaching Standards(pdf)


This curriculum unit investigates how students can create their own data in order to take ownership of their learning. When students feel as if their learning is relevant they try harder and achieve at a higher level. Strategies described include active learning, cooperative learning groups, math and science integrated units, assessments, and kinesthetic learning. Students begin their unit by collecting distance and time data by video recording a car rolling down a track. From this students calculate and plot speed onto graphs.  On the following days, students write stories and act out distance versus time graphs given to them by the teacher.