Notice - Think - Wonder data stories emphasize the importance of informal, open-ended observation as a first step in thinking about and interpreting a graph or data. Students describe their first impression and what thoughts and questions come to mind, without getting bogged down in specific concepts or deeper analyses.
Goal: Provide open-ended questions that create a "safe space" for students to describe what they notice in their own words, followed by prompts to help them elaborate.
Example 1: Tuva Data Story Precious Pigments
Students review a brief summary about photosynthesis and plant pigments, then compare the absorption spectra of four different plant pigments.
Implementation ideas: Use Notice, Think, Wonder data stories to introduce new topics, or as a hook to engage curiosity at the beginning of a unit. Keep the discussion informal so that students feel safe to venture their observations and wonderings. They can explore their ideas more deeply later in the unit.
Ritchart, R.; Church, M.; Morrison, K., 2011. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Example 2: Tuva Data Story Which Way Up?
After reading brief background information, students interpret a map showing how the position of the weather balloon changes during the first 70 minutes of its flight. Then they consider other ways the data could be graphed to verify their interpretation.