Instructional Strategy: Ask Questions

Ask Questions data stories: Students examine a provided dataset either as a table or in the Tuva interface and come up with one or a few questions that could be investigated with the given data. They describe a possible way to graph the data to investigate answers, or they evaluate a list of questions to identify which could (or could not) be investigated with the given data.

Goal: Students frame (or evaluate) questions according to the attributes, categories, and data ranges that are available in the dataset. 


Example: Tuva Data Story Be Specific With your Heat

Given a table of substances, phase of matter, and specific heat, students pose questions that the dataset could address. 



  • With the information provided in the introduction, what questions could you investigate using the data in this table?
  • How would you plot these data to investigate your question? 


Implementation ideas:  Ask Questions data stories can be used to introduce a new topic and stimulate curiosity. They can also be used (along with the supporting resources below) to scaffold students in framing clear questions that can be investigated with a given dataset. 

Related resources

Tuva reference handout: Language for Asking Questions

Student worksheet: What Kind of Question, What Kind of Graph?

Graph Choice Chart: Graph Choice Chart

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