Students learn a practical, real life skill in this lesson. They discover how to create a balance sheet similar to what you would see in a bank statement. Fictional debit and credit transactions are typed in and students create a custom math function to calculate a running bank balance. This lesson also explores some data validation techniques to make data entry more accurate. Specifically, students use a date picker control to ensure that date formats are consistent. Also, they learn to use drop-down lists that contain all the categories of expenses/credits they would use.
Students also review how to create charts in the lesson based on data they select from their data populated sheets. A valuable shortcut called "Filling Down" is demonstrated so that students can click and drag to quickly reuse the functions and avoid retyping. Students also review basic formatting in Google Sheets including changing fonts, colors, etc...
The instructions come in the form of an interactive .pdf file, which allows students to navigate throughout the document by clicking buttons, click on a linked up Table of Contents, and toggle between full-screen mode and normal viewing mode. Students enjoy this measure of control over how they get around the instructions, and they are quickly and easily able to backtrack and review information using the Table of Contents.
Google Sheets is basically like an online version of Excel. It is a great alternative to Excel in that it allows for student collaboration and for students to access their work wherever they have an internet connection!
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments regarding this assignment! I hope that you find it useful and I look forward to hearing from you.
Included in this package:
- a .pdf teacher instruction file with plenty of screenshots and clear instructions.
- a sample answer file (Excel format)
- Take the time to do this activity yourself prior to presenting to the students so you are familiar with the steps.
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