Evidence is information about the natural world that is used to support a claim. In scientific argumentation, evidence includes data, such as observations and measurements about the natural world. Students often have difficulty using appropriate and sufficient evidence to support their claims.

The Approach video below provides an overview of this element. The other videos include activities and strategies to support students in learning about and using evidence.

Approach: Evidence

Activity: Evidence Card Sort

Activity: Evidence Gradient Tool

Strategy: Discussing Quality of Evidence, Using the Gradient Tool

Strategy: Gathering Evidence and Building Reasoning from Text


View presentation: Encouraging Use of High Quality Evidence.