Hello my name is Kevin Butler. I am a technology
education teacher at Jet Middle School in Edgefield, SC. In my class,
6th, 7th and 8th graders learn Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and various
other software. With this lesson the students will have an opportunity
to use three applications of Microsoft Office 97.
Taste the Rainbow using Word, Power Point and Excel
*TSWBAT type an essay using a word processing software.
*TSWBAT create a graph using a spreadsheet application.
*TSWBAT create a multimedia presentation.
Microsoft Office 97 or higher version
Approximately 5 large bags of Skittles
Teacher will begin lesson with anticipatory set.
He will hold up a bag of Skittles and ask the students to name their favorite
flavor. Students will be divided into groups 4-5 depending on class
size. The teacher will then pass out plates and dispense large amounts
of Skittles to each group. Each group will separate their Skittles
according to flavor. Each group will use Excel to create a pie chart
representing the flavor distribution within their group. The teacher
will keep tally of each group findings on the dry erase board. From
the teachers tallies, each group will make a total class column graph.
After graphing, each group will create a Power Point presentation
to explain their findings. The pie charts from group results, as
well as, the total class results will be copy/pasted from Excel to Power
Point. At this time, each group may eat their Skittles. Finally,
the students will use word to type a descriptive essay about their favorite
You can evaluate groups on their projects using the following three point
Three points: worked cooperatively; carefully prepared Excel pie charts
and used proper explanation of group and class results in Power point presentation.
Two points: worked cooperatively; prepared Excel pie charts and moderately
used explanation of group and class results in Power point presentation.
One point: had difficulties working cooperatively; failed to prepare
Excel pie charts and use proper explanation of group and class results
in Power Point presentation.
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