Create the graphs in Excel or Google Sheets

Scientific Modeling

What is a scientific model?

Student Activity Overview

During Lesson 4, students learn firsthand how scientists use data to create models. Our online graphing tool allows students to create a simple model that shows the relationships between precipitation and tree growth, and temperature and tree growth. Students enter tree growth data, which they collect during Lesson 3, into the graphing tool in order to create and format a scatterplot graph. Students can also insert a line-of-best-fit onto their scatterplots and print or download their final graphs. Students can personalize their graphs by formatting graph features including the graph title, axes labels, scatterplot color, and more.

Why is scientific modeling important?