This 10 lesson bundle provides plenty of variety and interesting, immersive activities for your students. It is priced to save you over 33%
off buying each of the products individually. I have been giving these assignments to beginners of Google Sheets and they have worked extremely well. Each lesson comes with detailed step by step instructions with plenty of screenshots.
The instructions come in the form of interactive .pdf files, which allow students to navigate throughout the documents by clicking buttons, click on linked 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. Additionally, there are a couple of opportunities for differentiated learning where a "Show Me" button exists to expose students to skills selectively. This allows those students seeking a challenge the option to figure things out without being shown how.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments regarding this bundle! I hope that you find it useful and I look forward to hearing from you.
Included in this package:
Google Sheets - Introduction to formatting
Are you looking for a starting point from which to expose your students to Google Sheets? This lesson serves as a great starting place for beginners to learn how to use the spreadsheet program Google Sheets, which is basically like an online version of Excel. Specifically, students learn the essentials of entering data, formatting fonts and tables, merging columns and formatting a number rounded to the desired place value. This activity is intended as a launching pad into more Google Sheets lessons that will become increasingly challenging. This entry level assignment does not have any math, which will come in activities to follow.
Google Sheets - Basic Math using SUM and AVERAGE
If you want a lesson that introduces beginners to some basic math functionality in Google Sheets, you have come to the right place. In this activity, students create and format a fictional data table which displays how many days of sunshine occurred month by month for various U.S. cities. The SUM function is then used to total the number of days for each month for all cities. The Average function is used to calculate the monthly averages for the cities. 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...
Google Sheets - Shopping List Math Lesson
In this beginner level lesson, students create a dynamic, sortable grocery list which contains some basic math. Students learn to create custom formulas for multiplication (units x unit prices). They also use the SUM function that is built into Google Sheets to total up how much money has been spent on groceries.
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...As mentioned earlier, students learn to apply filters so that they can easily sort groceries according to categories (fruits, snacks or vegetables).
Google Sheets - School Grades Math Lesson
Students enjoy learning how teachers figure out grades in this lesson aimed at beginners of Google Sheets. The math covered in this assignment is the review of the SUM and AVERAGE functions, and students are shown how to use division to calculate percentages for grades. Basic formatting is reviewed here, and the Paint Format button is introduced to demonstrate a valuable time-saving shortcut for students. Students are also asked to create a second "Report Card" tab that displays overall grades for specific subjects.
A valuable shortcut called "Filling Down" is reviewed so that students can click and drag to quickly reuse the functions and avoid retyping.
Google Sheets - Basketball Stats Math Acitivity
This is a great lesson for working on slightly more complex math in Google Sheets using some common basketball stats. Here, students enter some fictional data for an NBA team and calculate things such as Field Goal %, Free Throw %, Rebounds Per Game and Points Per Game. Students must use some order of operations and brackets to make the math work out properly.
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...
Google Sheets - Smoothie Sales Chart Activity
A fictional Smoothie store is used here as the basis for teaching students how to create pie charts to display information visually. Students use some math functionality in Google Sheets to calculate totals units sold, sales, and total sales with a tax applied. They also review some basic formatting skills to change the appearance of a table of sales data.
Google Sheets - Bowling Scores Chart Review
In this engaging activity, students populate a spreadsheet with fictional data from a preseason bowling tournament. Students use the AVERAGE function to calculate the bowler's average score for 5 strings. Conditional formatting is used as students are introduced to the IF function which assigns each bowler to Division 1 or Division 2 for the upcoming season based on their scores.
The MAX function is used to determine top scores for each of the 5 strings the bowlers participated in. Additionally, students used a bar chart to reflect the data visually. There is a lot of good stuff in this packed activity!!
Google Sheets - Balance Sheet Lesson
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...
Google Sheets - Bucket List Project
If you are looking for a comprehensive project involving multiple Google Apps, budgeting math skills, and some serious room for student creativity, you have come to the right place. The title mentions Google Sheets, but really this activity is also heavy on Google Maps and Google Slides. This project will likely take 5-10 class periods to complete, depending on the skill level of the class. It is suitable for beginner or intermediate users of Google Apps. This is an excellent project to cap off your unit on Google Apps and generally takes around a week or so to complete.
The premise is for the project is simple and realistic. Your students play the role of journalists who work for an online magazine. Their editor has given them a $15,000 budget and 30 days. The idea is for them to come up with an idea for a feature article to be in one of the magazines coming editions. Your students come up with the idea of a Bucket List adventure. The editor requires the following three documents:
- A budget for the trip constructed in Google Sheets.
- A Google Map which displays the destinations that will be visited on the trip.
- A Google Slides presentation which captures the essence of the journey.
In the Google Sheets budget, students itemize all of the proposed expenses they will incur on the journey. During this stage, students will need to research flight, hotel and event information online. They will use custom math functions to keep a running tally on how much money has been spent and how much is remaining on the budget. Students will be able to see if they are over budget and will need to make adjustments to their plans if necessary. They will also create a pie chart that breaks down how much each category costs.
Students will import information from their Google Sheets document into a Google Map. This allows for a big picture look at their proposed travel route. Students customize the map to include pictures and custom icons to mark each stop.
The last document is a Google Slides presentation. This will be used to "pitch" their Bucket List idea. There would be the option of making students present their slideshows to the rest of class. Also, this project could allow for document sharing and collaboration, or individual work.
- Take the time to do these exercises yourself prior to presenting to the students so you are familiar with the steps.
- If you would like to modify the data you can import the sample excel answers into Google Sheets and change things up.
- I find it helpful to demo a finished answer and then click on another tab that contains a partially completed copy of the finished answer. I then show students how to complete new or challenging skills.
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