EXAMPLE 1: An offshoot of "I Can Count the Puzzle Pieces", this one counts shapes.  Different images with a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes can be used with this same concept.

Image of a spreadsheet with various shapes for the elementary student to use for graphing.



EXAMPLE 2:  This is version of "What is Your Favorite Food."  Students survey their classmates, enter the data, and then analyze the graph.  The author of the article, The Spreadsheet - Absolutely Elementary, suggests several ways to extend student thinking by generating word problems.

Image of a spreadsheet for entering favorite food in a chart and also on a graph.


The above spreadsheet concepts and ideas came from the article entitled The Spreadsheet - Absolutely Elementary (May 1997 issue of Leading and Learning With Technology). The author is Elizabeth Dudley Holmes.