Sample Sentence Starters
for Data Analysis
(Back to This Week's Update)

Use these sentence starters to help students describe patterns, make predictions, find comparisons, share surprises and discoveries, formulate hypotheses, and ask questions.

Patterns:

  • I noticed a pattern when I looked at the data. The pattern is...
  • I see a pattern in the migration data collected so far. My graph shows....

Predictions:

  • Based on the patterns I see in the data collected so far, I predict that...
  • Next week I think the data will show that...
  • By next month, I expect to see the data reveal...
  • I predict that this year's migration will show...
  • Here's my prediction for...

Comparisons:

  • When I compared _____, I noticed that...
  • When I compared this year's data with last year's, I noticed that...
  • The difference between...
  • There are similarities between...

Surprises, Discoveries, Unexpected Findings:

  • I discovered that...
  • I was surprised by...
  • I did not expect...
  • This week I learned...
  • I noticed something unusual about...

Hypotheses: (Possible Reasons for Data)

  • A possible explanation for what the data showed this week is...
  • One reason for this week's data might be...
  • A factor that affected this week's data might have been...
  • I think this week's data was affected by...

Questions:

  • I wonder why...
  • I wonder how...
  • How are monarchs affected by...
  • How will the migration change if...

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