Mammal Comparison Investigation

Source: Bertsz from Pixabay

Type: Investigation

Theme: Nature

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will learn the basics of spreadsheet coding and graphing by analyzing mammal data.


For this investigation each student group (of two) will: 

  1. Enter an entry (line 29) for your personal data into the dataset (you're welcome to estimate).
  2. Select two questions (from the list below) about the mammal dataset. 
    1. Do heavy animals need more sleep?
    2. Do faster animals need more sleep?
    3. Do larger animals eat plants?
    4. Are carnivores faster?
    5. Do vegetarian animals sleep less?
    6. Do heavy animals live longer?
    7. [Write your own question to answer.]
  3. Write your own hypotheses to your questions above?
  4. Construct two or more different types of graphs in Excel to cite as evidence for your answers.
    1. Bar graph
    2. Line graph
    3. Scatterplot
    4. Other
  5. Show and annotate data to cite evidence.
  6. Final product will be a Word document or PowerPoint.


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • I can look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect