As I mentioned last week, my students were absolute wizards at creating graphs. They could draw a bar graph that would put some adults to shame. But, asking them what the data meant was a totally different story.
So how do you get students to write thoughtfully about their data? I started by having students answer a couple of key questions to help them focus on writing about the right kind of information. Then, I gave them STEM Sentence Starters to help them form the right kind of sentences. Providing this scaffolding really helped and once they got the hang of it, they began writing great paragraphs to support their killer graphs.