Data are basically any fact that you can quantify to any degree. They can be measures, observations, numbers, and even words. Science was built on the use of data and interpreting it to find or determine naturally truths. Collecting data and the way we go about collecting data are just as important as the results we find from it. There are many ways that the collection process can interfere with the interpretation phase. This process is not reserved to the science classroom or lab. Just about all forms of business and industry collect data and analyze it regularly to best serve their customers, clients, employees, and investors. Your goal with any data collection process is to cast the net wide enough to get a real representative sample of data from what you are analyzing. To do this successfully there are a number of things that you should take into consideration. Your first goal should be to establish a clear process and strategy for taking in the data. This starts with determining the type of data you are looking to collect and what types are acceptable and unacceptable. Once you have gathered this data you have measured the outcomes. The next step is to analyze this data and see if we can understand what it tells us.
These worksheets help students grasp the concept of qualitative observations. These observations can be general appearances of things to the more advanced sorting of objects and items. These worksheets begin by helping refresh the students understanding of units of measure and common comparisons in measurement. We advance on comparing various measures of multiple objects. These worksheets can be invaluable for improving your student’s ability to measure objects and their overall observation skills.