For example, here is a basic outline of my Data Table Help Guide:
General rules for excellent data tables:
- One data table equals one graph
- Data tables have a descriptive title (who/what/when/where)
- Data tables have a heading row, and each heading has a descriptive label with appropriate scientific units
- Data in the table are written as numbers only (scientific units are placed in the headings)
- The first column in the table is X-axis data, remaining columns are Y-axis data (Y1, Y2, Y3, etc.)
At the beginning of the school year, each student gets a set of these help guides to place in the front of their science binders. I also publish them on my classroom website for easy access.
Many students have commented how useful and helpful these guides are, and quite a few save their copy to take with them to high school (a high honor indeed!).