Spreadsheets are perhaps the simplest form of a database and are excellent tools for introducing students to using technology for analysis.  This lesson plan provides an introduction to using databases for a research project about “idea creators” from history; famous artists, scientists, politicians, etc.

While doing research about these individuals, students will learn about filtering, sorting, and other spreadsheet commands.

  • Subject Areas: Any really, but ideal for History and Social Studies.
  • Materials Required: Virtual classroom or other screen sharing tool, or a large screen display with a computer, plus either printed or digital copies of the provided handouts.
  • Time Needed: Typically two to three class periods.

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