Community Mapping: Collecting and Organizing Data from Surveys
In this project, learners do a survey and create a spreadsheet using the data. Keep in mind that you could also do a survey project just with pen and paper, or you could have the group take photos to illustrate their findings and build a Web page with the results.
This lesson plan covers the entire process, using a survey about how people talk and how people get around in the community. It might help to keep the project simple the first time you try it, involving something you can easily document and limiting the learners to surveying close neighbors or people in their school. Once all the learners have completed the entire project, they can do another survey project following these steps, Goal pursuing their own inquiry-based topics and taking more time to research and present their findings.