Using Data to Make Sense of the World

Project Goals:external image ToastyKen_flickr_CC_1540997910_4cf751c352_o2.jpg

Students will collect data on various topics.
Students will engage in conversations and comparisons with data from other children around the world.
Students will learn to respect and appreciate others through these comparisons.

Essential Questions Which Will Be Answered:

What contributes to differences around the world?
How does collecting and analyzing data help us understand each other better?


Beginning in November 2013, this project will continue through March of 2014. Sign ups are starting now.

Targeted Grade Levels/Age Groups:

Ages 8 and up. We will do our best to group students together according to age. Discussions will work best with similar age groups.

How This Project Works:

1. Collect monthly data in your area on temperature, precipitation, and daylight.
2. Collect general data about the people in your area, such as population, religions, languages spoken, jobs held, etc.
2. Investigate one joint topic per month such as: landforms, animals, plants, food, celebration, transportation by posting 5 photos to represent the topic in your area.
3. Review all posted photos with your class and ask one question of each participating school.
4. Review answers given and explore learning in your classroom.


1. Please make sure your students are using proper grammar and spelling and not using “texting” language. This is an educational group. Teachers should moderate all comments in the group. If you see anything anything inappropriate, take a screenshot of it and then delete it. Share the screenshot with that students' teacher and use it as a "teachable moment" to explain what postings should look like.

2. Please be committed to entering data each month. It is not fair to other members when a class does not submit their data in a timely manner.

How to Join:

1. Join the wiki and send us a message that you wish to participate. You will then be given editing rights and asked to add your information to the participant page. 2. You can also email us for more information.

Lisa Parisi -
Donna Roman -