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# BASIC PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: SPREADSHEETS, WORD TEMPLATE, NARRATED POWERPOINT

Name: Sarah Garner
Content Area: Mathematics
Basic Productivity Tool Used: Microsoft Excel
Standards Addressed: MGSE3.MD.3 Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent
a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less”
problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which
each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.

Bloom’s Level of Critical Thinking:
Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating
Description of how to implement in the class:
Students will have a worksheet with a line for a Title and name at the top. The rest of the worksheet
is numbered 1 through 21, representing each student in the class. Each student will write a topic they
want to collect data on as the title, and after they decide a topic, they will give 3 to 5 categories under
that topic for their classmates to choose from. For example, a student may choose “Favorite Ice
Cream Flavor,” and then the categories would include “Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Birthday Cake,
and Cookie Dough.” Each student will number off starting with one and ending at 21.The students
will then go around to each desk and write their choice of the categories down next to their
designated number. Their name will not be recorded, they are just assigned a number to ensure that
each person chooses a category on each students’ paper, so the teacher may address “number 15

Once each person has gone around, group by group, answering the topics chosen by their peers, they
will return to their papers and begin inputting the data into a spreadsheet. They will open up
Microsoft Excel and create a chart of their results. After organizing their information into cells,
counting up the totals from each category, they will create both a 3D bar graph and a picture graph to
represent their data and include it on their spreadsheet. They will be told that changing the size of
their graph on the spreadsheet will change the scale of the graph. There will be follow up questions
such as “Which category was the most popular?” “Which category was the least popular?” and “How
many more students picked your highest category than your lowest category?” This activity will help
students organize and understand data on a topic that is interesting to them, allow them to construct
graphs themselves using a BPT, and they will analyze their results from graphs. Students will upload
their charts onto the blog for the teacher to show examples in the following lesson.
Level of Technology Implementation (LoTi): This learning experience is in Level 4 of the LoTi
levels because it is student-centered and the learning is relevant. Students will complete this
assignment individually and organize their results on their own.
Description of the sample spreadsheet and graph/chart provided *: Students will see an
example of the class’s favorite ice cream flavors, made up by the teacher. The correct number of
students will be used and the results are displayed in cells in the top of the spreadsheet, as well as a
bar graph and picture graph of the categories.

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