This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 1, Unit 8, Grade 6. Students begin their statistical explorations with data collection. They answer several survey questions, take some measurements, or do both. This data gathering activity serves several purposes: to give students firsthand experience in gathering and organizing data, to prompt students to notice different types of data that could be collected, and to provide the class with authentic data that can later be analyzed as students gain and expand the skills to do so. The task statements show a range of survey questions and ideas for collecting measurements.