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Posted Mon Jul 6 18:58:35 PDT 1998 by L. G. Johnson ().

Materials Required: spreadsheet paper copy, think sheet, t-shirt drawing pattern, conputer

Activity Time: 2 or 3 days

Concepts Taught: Spreadsheet/ Problem Solving

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Spreadsheet /Problem Solving

LESSON TITLE: T-SHIRT LETTERING

SUBJECT AREA: MATH

GRADE LEVEL: 3rd and 4th TIME REQUIRED: 2 or 3 days

LESSON SUMMARY

The students will determine the cost of a t-shirt using a variety of mathematical operations to solve problems. Then they will use a spreadsheet to calculate the cost of lettering a t-shirt and display this information in a graph.LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this lesson, the students will:

create a spreadsheet to solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

find the median, range and averages.

design a t-shirt for field dayPROBLEM STATEMENT

The students at your school are planning for a schools track and field day. Each classroom is asked to wear a t-shirt with the students' name printed on the back in order to be identified during their their event. You are asked to make a spreadsheet to determine the cost of the t-shirt for the students in your class, if each letter cost $0.65.NATIONAL STANDARDS

STANDARD #1

Students should be able to solve theoretical and real-world problems which require various approaches to investigate, understand, and apply mathematical concepts.

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR

Selecting and accurately using appropriate mathematical concepts and techniques to solve problems [including whole number...]STANDARD #2

Students should be able to make connections between mathematics and their daily lives to answer questions, solve problems and complete authentic projects.

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR

Creating and interpreting graphs...;developing and answering questions based upon data in given charts ... bar graphs... and simple pie graph...STANDARD #3

Students should be able to use appropriate technology to solve problems and communicate ideas and solutions.

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR:

Using technology in solving problems and completing investigations [include accurate and appropriate computations...]LOCAL

Solve money problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Read and interpret simple bar graphs and circle graphs.RESOURCES

computer, TV monitor, ClarisWorks spreadsheet, printer, pencils, class list, spreadsheet paper copy, think sheet, t-shirt drawing pattern, crayons and markerCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Spreadsheet: Students will create a spreadsheet and use formulas to determine the total and average cost of the class' t-shirts. Students will create a pie graph to compare student cost.ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES

Review and explain vocabulary and spreadsheet commands with the class.

Use the TV monitor to display a large blank spreadsheet grid. Have students label

the columns and rows. Discuss together with class.

Review with the class the formulas needed to complete the spreadsheet.

Work with four or five students in cooperative groups to find the cost of printing their

class mate's name on t-shirt.

Put the information on a paper copy of the spreadsheet. Count the total number of

letters for each student's first and last name. Suppose each letter cost $0.65. Find

the cost of printing each student's full name.

Create a spreadsheet

Answer the questions to the think sheet.

Then create a bar graph or pie graph to illustrate the cost of the t-shirts for the class.ROTATION ACTIVITIES

Have student find the cost of printing t-shirts for another classroom.

"What's My Score?"

Students are given the scores of five NBA basketball players. Each group

must find the median, range and average points for each player.CULMINATING ACTIVITY

The students will create their own t-shirt for field day. (See T-Shirt Pattern)