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BASIC PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: SPREADSHEETS

Name: Sample Student Lesson Idea
Grade Level: First Grade
Content Area: Math
Basic Productivity Tool Used: Graph Club
Standards Addressed: CCGPS.1.MD.4
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer
questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and
how many more or less are in one category than in another.

Bloom’s Level of Critical Thinking:
X Remembering X Understanding ▢ Applying ▢ Analyzing ▢ Evaluating ▢
Creating
As the lesson is extended and students collect their own data, the Bloom’s level will
extend into the higher thinking levels.
Description of how to implement in the class: The teacher will introduce the
activity by modeling how to collect data, add the information into Graph Club and
then analyze the information using a variety of graph formats - line, bar, picture and
circle. As the students enter the classroom, they will be asked to move a graphic of
their favorite color car onto a data collect graph designed using ActivInspire software.
Once the class has added their choice to the graph, the teacher will lead a discussion
to determine the number of choices made for each car color.

The teacher will then lead the students through the steps of creating a graph using
Graph Club. A title, images representing the various car colors and specific colors
assigned to each color will be added to the graph. Once the data has been entered,
the teacher will support the students as they explore the various graph formats that
are available within Graph Club.

While exploring the various graphs, the teacher will prompt students to analyze the
information provided in the graph using appropriate math terms such as greater than,
less than, most, least and equal. Statements will be added to the writing component
of Graph Club where various statements will be listed. (Extension activity - The
teacher can challenge the students’ analysis of the graph using the following
question formats: How many more students liked a blue over red? How many people
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participated in the poll? How many students picked red and blue?)
Level of Technology Implementation (LoTi): This activity remains as a level 2
until the students are allowed to graph information on their own. To move to a level 3
and possibly to a level 4, students are encouraged to collect information, graph the
data and then analyze the results. Students could also add questions in the writing
window to give other students the opportunity to analyze the graphs. The graph
information could be printed and hung outside the classroom to challenge other
students in the school to review the graph and determine the answer to the
questions.
Description of the sample spreadsheet and graph/chart provided *:

This graph displays the data
collected as students selected their favorite color of a toy car. This graph allows
students to be able to analyze the information and learn to understand the math
concepts of greater than or less than.
Other comments about your proposed spreadsheet/graph/chart activity: The
Graph Club activity can easily be extended to support higher levels of thinking and
higher LoTi levels. This activity was at an introductory level. The teacher will be
encouraged to help students collect, graph, analyze and evaluate other data items.
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