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Sample Sentence Starters
for Data Analysis

Use these sentence starters to help students describe patterns, make predictions, find comparisons, share surprises and 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 data collected so far. My graph shows....

Predictions

  • Based on the patterns I see so far, I predict that...
  • This year, I expect to see the data reveal...
  • My prediction for this year's first sighting date is...

Comparisons

  • There are similarities [or differences] between...
  • When I compared data from two years I noticed that...
  • The timing of first sightings ranged from ____ (earliest) to ____ (latest).

Surprises and Discoveries

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

Hypotheses (Possible reasons to explain what was observed)

  • A possible explanation for different arrival dates is...
  • Some factors that I think affected the first sighting dates are...
  • I think the differences I found were caused by...

Questions

  • I wonder why...
  • I wonder how...
  • I wonder if migration is affected by...

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