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# Active Learning With Excel

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• 1. GRAPHING WITH EXCEL 9th Grade Computer Applications
• 2. OBJECTIVES: After an approved topic of their choice, students will  be able to research their topic on the internet through questions and answers and through teacher observation  After researching their approved topic, students will be able to create a graph of their choice using Microsoft Excel 2007 with 80% accuracy according to the rubric.  Students will have been introduced to graphs in Excel 2007 and will have completed graphing exercises before beginning this activity
• 3. GRAPHING WITH EXCEL Part 1: Students will choose a topic to create a  chart (such as snowfall in inches recorded over the past 5 years, or comparing the amount of sales of 5 different CD’s a popular musical group have sold)  Part 2: Approve the topic based on the ability of the student to find necessary information  Part 3: Instruct the students to begin researching their topic  Part 4: After completing, instruct students to print and submit their graph
• 4. DIRECTIONS FOR ACTIVITY: Choose a topic with enough information to be  graphed  Approve the topic or have student choose another based on lack of information to be found  Allow students two in-class periods to complete  Students can choose graph style  Students must graph using at least five comparison points  Allow students to be creative with topic, information for graph, and graph style
• 5. ITEMS REQUIRED FOR GRAPH Title of graph   Legend included in graph  At least five separate comparison points to be graphed  Maximum size of graph limited to one page
• 6. EXAMPLE OF GRAPH Precipitation: Winter Months 18 16 14 12 10 Rainfall 8 Snowfall 6 4 2 0 November December January February March
• 7. CLASS INFORMATION: 9th Grade   Two Sections of Computer Applications  Half Year  33 Total Students
• 8. BENEFITS Will allow students to explore their interests while  continuing to learn elements of graphing in Microsoft Excel 2007  Graphing techniques will demonstrate student understanding of both learning activity and creating graphs in spreadsheets  Students will be allowed to display their creativity in both the topic, information and graphing style  Students should respond positively toward the activity because they chose the topic
• 9. ANTICIPATED DRAWBACKS Some time could be wasted by students   Some students might not find a topic quickly  Some topics might be difficult to find necessary information  Although creativity is encouraged with their graphs, some graphs might be cluttered with information making them difficult to understand content of graph
• 10. ANTICIPATED STATISTICS FOR 33 STUDENTS 15 Students 90% or greater   8 Students 80-89%  5 Students 70-79%  3 Students under 70%  2 Students will not complete
• 11. TIPS AND GUIDLINES Instruct students to choose a topic that will have an  abundance of information  Introduce and discuss all activity requirements, directions, and rubric before allowing students to begin researching  Guide those students who need direction with understanding graphs or where to find necessary information
• 12. QUESTIONS?