This project is a great vehicle for exposing students to some neat little formatting tricks to make their sheets look great. The premise is for students to research and present 10 animals that are on the endangered species list. Students will list each of the species in the main sheet, and also create an individualized tab (or sheet) that lists more information about the species. The subject matter (animals) appeals to a broad range of students, so it keeps them focused. It is a fantastic project that will likely take a few classes to complete.
Students learn to quickly use alternating rows of color to give their data tables organization and a punch of color. They also learn to use links to allow for fluid navigation within their project. On the main sheet, students make use of a drop-down list which lists the status of the animals. This drop-down list exposes the students to the concept of data validation, the idea of minimizing typos and human error when possible. This project allows for differentiated learning, as suggested extensions are provided for those fast finishers or students who are looking for a challenge.
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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