Creating a Survey
Place students into small groups. It is best if the group is no bigger than four students.
Ask students to select a topic that they want to know what a group of middle school students thinks. It is usually best to stray away from the school lunches. The list is endless. However, here is a list of possible topics:
- video games
- sports teams
- sport celebrities
- video systems
- make up
- hair care products
- computer software
- cell phones
- digital cameras
Once the team has selected a topic, they need to figure out what they want to know specifically about that topic. They should come up with three to five questions to ask a group of students. It helps if students can give one-word or short answers to make the charts.
For example, if the group selected books, they could ask the following questions:
1. How many books did you read this school year?
2. What genre of books do you like? (action/adventure, romance, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, etc.)
3. Who is your favorite author?
4. What is your favorite book?
5. What book turned movie is your favorite?
Once the survey questions are complete, students need to make a survey. They should type the survey neatly without spelling or grammar mistakes and then print multiple copies. There should not be a place for students' names on the survey.