Annie (or anybody), what software do you use with your third graders for spreadsheets and graphs? does it take your students very long to learn to use this software?
It's great to hear that your students are eager to graph whatever data comes their way, as they are doing with the results from your favorite article activity.
On Fri Apr 16 18:48:55 1999, Annie B. Thomas wrote Re. Lesson Extension:
>I have found that many of the assignments that the students use to >collect data can be extended through the use of technology. Teachers >can have students organize data on a spreadsheet which can easily be >converted to a graph. In doing this teachers will reinforce math >concepts as well as computer concepts. This will encourage students to >become "computer literate." > >The third graders in my class love doing this. They are eager to >transfer other forms of data into graphs, charts, or tables. An >example of this is, for homework, weekly my students take home a TIME >for Kids magazine that they are expected to read with their parents. >After reading this issue, the student writes about his/her favorite >article and their parent/guardian does the same. When the students >bring these in, I read the responses, without the names. Many of my >students record the results at their desk and make a chart or graph >with this data. Many of them are also asking if they can do the same >on the computer. >