Science Learning Activity
By Megan McGolrick, Andriea Neto, and Beverly Barnes
Title: Using Excel to Analyze DataCurriculum: Middle School Science- Science ResearchGrade-Level Span: 8
Students in 8
grade science will:1.Be able to follow a procedure.2.Be able to collect and record raw data with precise measurement.3.Be able to use Microsoft Excel to input data, convert units from English (inches) to Metric(cm) and calculate averages and uncertainty (error).4.Be able to use Microsoft Excel to create a bar and line graph.
This learning activity will take 4-5 50-minute class periods in the science classroom and computer lab.Students will be paired with a partner. Each student will need a computer. One will be used to view aPower Point titled “Creating a Spreadsheet” and the other will be used to complete the spreadsheet onMicrosoft Excel. (If fewer computers are available, then students will do both activities on one computer.)Students need access to Microsoft Excel and Power Point.
Day One Procedure
:1.The teacher should model skills needed in data collection including: marking a starting pointwith tape on the floor, how to perform a standing jump, using the stop watch, how to run inplace safely, and using a yard stick and how to measure to the tenths place.2.Assign students into pairs.3.Give students 20 minutes to collect data.4.Students should complete 10 trials of a standing jump.5.Students should then run in place in place for 2 minutes and then complete 10 trials of astanding jump.6.All information should be recorded in inches to the nearest tenth.D
ays Two and Three Procedures:
1.Students should be reminded of computer lab procedures including: walking to and from thecomputer lab, how to enter and exit the lab, seating arrangements, logging in, and savingwork.2.Students need to bring their data from the previous day.3.Students will be working in pairs using 2 computers.4.Students should open up a new Excel document (or the template for modification) on one of the computers and save it as their own file. If only one computer is used, there is a link to ablank spreadsheet on the PowerPoint. The blank spreadsheet will update as the studententers data into the spreadsheet.5.Students should open up the PowerPoint presentation on the other computer and follow thedirections to record and analyze their data.6.Project the PowerPoint to assist students.
Microsoft Excel Directions (Power Point Directions)
1.Open the Excel template provided.2.Save it as your own .xls file.3.Go to view-header and type your name.4.Enter data for the trials in inches.5.If anything pops up to ask if you are managing a list SAY NO!