Analyze Migration Data
Sample Sentence Starters
Overview

Use these sentence starters to help students describe patterns, make predictions, find comparisons, share discoveries, formulate hypotheses, and ask questions .

Patterns:

  • I noticed a pattern when I looked at the data. The pattern is...
  • I see a pattern in the migration data collected so far. My graph shows....

Predictions:

  • Based on the patterns I see in the data collected so far, I predict that...
  • By next month, I expect to see the data reveal...
  • I predict that the turn-around date will be...
  • My prediction for this year's peak migration is...

Comparisons:

  • When I compared whale counts from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, I noticed that...
  • When I compared this year's data with last year's counts, I noticed that...
  • There are similarities [or differences] between...

Surprises and Discoveries:

  • I discovered that...
  • I was surprised by...
  • I noticed something unusual about...

Hypotheses: (Possible Reasons for Data)

  • A possible explanation for what the data showed this week is...
  • A factor that affected this week's data might have been...
  • I think this week's data was affected by...

Questions:

  • I wonder why...
  • I wonder how...
  • How are gray whales affected by...
  • How will the migration change if...

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