This engaging and interactive digital lesson provides direct instruction and practice with copying and pasting formulas in spreadsheets. Learners will use functions and gain additional experience working with formulas and tables.
Estimated Time:10 minutes
Score Type:Automatically Graded
Available Languages: English, Spanish
Vocabulary: copy and paste, data, formula, function, spreadsheet, table
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In this lesson, students calculate the costs of feeding lizards in a zoo exhibit. Students should be familiar with using basic operators, calculating monetary amounts, and entering formulas into spreadsheets.
The process of cutting, copying, and pasting is the same in spreadsheet programs as in other programs. Students should be familiar with these basic tasks before taking the lesson. One notable difference is that when you paste a formula, the formula calculates data relative to its position. In other words, when you paste a formula, the formula stays the same but the cell names in the formula change to calculate a relative set of data.
The syntax used for formulas and functions from one software title to another may differ. For example, a cell range in some spreadsheet software is specified with a colon between the two cells like this: A1:D8, while in others it is specified by two periods like this: A1..D8. In most cases, the differences are slight and syntax is quite similar from one software title to another. Before applying skills with an activity, be sure to review the syntax used in the software title available to your students and make any clarifications necessary with your students.
This lesson also involves using a formula to find an average. Students should be familiar with the mathematical process of averaging a set of numbers.