Lesson 7: Project - Tell a Data Story Part 1

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This is the first day of a project where students use the Data Analysis Process to tell a data story. Students complete the first page of the Activity Guide for this project during this lesson.


The goal of this lesson is for students to put into use all of the data analysis skills they have practiced throughout this unit.


Lesson Modifications

Warm Up (2 mins)

Activity (43 mins)

Wrap Up (0 mins)

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Students will be able to:

  • Follow the Data Analysis Process to tell a data story
  • Write a short explanation of a data set referencing the metadata
  • Create an effective visualization


  • Preview the Project Guide


Heads Up! Please make a copy of any documents you plan to share with students.

For the Teachers

For the Students

Teaching Guide

Lesson Modifications

Attention, teachers! If you are teaching virtually or in a socially-distanced classroom, please read the full lesson plan below, then click here to access the modifications.

Warm Up (2 mins)


For the next few days you will work on a project that tells a data story using the Data Analysis Process. Let's get started!

Activity (43 mins)

Distribute: Make sure that all students have access to the Project Guide. Students can find this on the first level of Lesson 7 on Code Studio.

Teaching Tip

Choosing a dataset for the project and creating the visualization may be a cyclical process. Encourage students to explore the datasets using the Data Visualizer before making a firm decision. Allow a good amount of time for this exploration.

Students should look for visualizations that lead to a compelling narrative. This will result in a more compelling and insightful written response.

Student answers on the Project Guide will vary. You might ask students to write full paragraphs or allow bullet points. You are encouraged to modify for your classroom environment.

Do This: Read through the Project Guide as a class. Students are focusing on Page 1 of the guide today, which covers the first three parts of the Data Analysis Process.

Wrap Up (0 mins)

Note: There is no wrap up today. Allow the full time for students to work on their projects.

Standards Alignment

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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards (2017)

DA - Data & Analysis
  • 3A-DA-11 - Create interactive data visualizations using software tools to help others better understand real-world phenomena.
  • 3B-DA-05 - Use data analysis tools and techniques to identify patterns in data representing complex systems.
  • 3B-DA-06 - Select data collection tools and techniques to generate data sets that support a claim or communicate information.