Inquiry Strategies
for the Journey North Teacher

Making Sense of Data
Questions That Help Students Make Sense of Data

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  • What patterns do you notice?
  • What relationships do you notice (e.g., between wind and eagles' movement)?
  • What do the data "show?"
  • What do you think the data mean? (What can you conclude?)
  • What can you infer about ________?
  • How would you explain _________?
  • How does it relate to what you already know or have observed?
  • What generalizations can you make based on your observations/the data?
  • How does the evidence support your explanation?
  • What other explanations could be plausible?
  • How is it similar to/different from what you had thought would happen (hypothesized)?
  • Did your theory change? What information/data caused you to change your theory?
  • Based on these findings, what do you predict would happen if _____?
  • What new questions do you have?