For data about a wide variety of topics, from education to environment, Data.gov is a great source. This portal for data gathered by the U.S. government offers downloadable files that you and your students can analyze. It’s a good place to get your feet wet working with spreadsheets and data to spot patterns, form arguments, and create visualizations!
You can find examples (under the “Data” tab) to use with your students, and students can become familiar with finding and manipulating data by exploring this website and selecting data sets. Also, Data.gov demonstrates government transparency and open access to data.
Tip: Look for CSV or .xlxs files to easily download and view in spreadsheet software, like Excel and Google Sheets.
Image: Screenshot of Data.gov homepage.