These worksheets help students understand how and why it is important to collect data in science.

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.

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What My Unit of Measure?

Match the unit of measure to its abbreviation.

What My Unit of Abbreviation? Part 2

Find the measure and its unit.

Arrangement by Length

Number the objects in order shortest to longest.

The Longest Object

Place a 1 under the shortest object. Place a 3 under the longest object.

Which Is The Biggest?

Put these objects in order.

Size Order

What Order Belongs Here

Which one is the longest?

Circle the object with the longest side

Which one is the longest?

Circle the object with the longest side.

Get Shorty

Circle the object with the shortest side.

Get Shorty 2

Circle the object with the shortest side.

Arrangement by Weight

Number the objects in order lightest to heaviest.

Arrangement by Weight Part 2

Place a 1 under the lightest object. Place a 3 under the heaviest object.

Arrangement by Weight Again

Lightest To Heaviest Please.

Weighty Arrangements

More sorting for you to work with.

Estimate Length

Write the unit of measure that would best used to measure the length of each item.

Estimate My Length (U.S. Measures)

Circle the choice that gives the best estimate of each object's length.

Estimate My Length (Metric Length)

Which one gives you the best estimate?

Estimate Weight

Write the unit of measure that would best used to weigh each object.

Best U.S. Weight

What measure is the most fitting?

Baseball Weights

What is your best guess of each weight?

Which is heavier? Worksheet 1

Circle the object that is heavier.

Which is heavier? Worksheet 2

Circle the object that is heavier.

Which is lighter? Worksheet 1

Circle the object that is lighter.

Which is lighter? Worksheet 2

Circle the object that is lighter.