Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Excel Labs

So we as a district have started a district wide priority this year of doing one lesson for all 4th through 8th grade students using microsoft excel.  In grades 4th - 6th grade the content is delivered through the math classroom and the 7th and 8th grade lessons are delivered through the science classroom.  For the 7th and 8th grade lessons we looked at having the students learn about writing equations, learning to use the auto fill with equations, the stats formulas and framed it around the science concepts of "Why cells are small" for 7th grade students and is "Does solar power in Fairbanks, AK make economic sense?".  Students practice variable replacement, formula writing, drag fill for patterns, and answered questions based on the numbers and science behind each lesson.  I will post links to the lessons later on, but a sample of the 8th grade lesson can be found here.

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