Teacher-Facing Resources


Estimated Time:10 minutes


Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish

Vocabulary: Boolean operator, data, data analysis, data table, database, datasheet, dialog box, field, filter, query, report, table, toolbar

Primary Objectives:

  • Student begins to understand the role of queries in databases.
  • Student gains experience navigating through a database.
  • Students learns how to query data to find answers.
  • Student learns how to save queries and reports for future use.
  • Student learns how to share data by creating and printing reports.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student learns about sol, axis rotation, orbital rotation


Boolean operators

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Strategies > Boolean operators

Data Collection for Decision Making 

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Student Use > Data Collection for Decision Making 

Data Formats 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Data Formats 

Database Applications 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Database Applications 

Identify Message

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Main Idea > Identify Message

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Listening to Nonfiction

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Listening to Nonfiction

Look for and make use of structure

Mathematics > Process Standards > Common Core > Look for and make use of structure

Problem Solving 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Problem Solving 

Two-Dimensional Structured Data 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Two-Dimensional Structured Data 
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  • The database lessons incorporate information about our solar system by following two robots from the fictional company S-SPACE (Solar System Planets Are Cool Enterprises) on their mission to find the perfect location to build a S-SPACE City. This lesson’s setting is Mars (which turns out to be the best planet for a new S-SPACE City). You might want to show and discuss facts about Mars with students before they take the EasyTech lesson.

  • The lesson introduction shows an animated Mars Rover. You might want to discuss the real Mars Rover and its research significance with students before they take the lesson.

  • Student should know that the word query is another word for question.

  • You might want to explain that in databases, queries are similar to filters except that students can name and save queries for future use. Queries can use data from tables or other queries.

  • As students become proficient using databases, they can use more advanced searches, filters, and queries to help them answer complex questions and create reports. To help students retrieve targeted information from large databases, discuss the Boolean operators OR, AND, and NOT with students. Describe how each operator is used in data retrieval. Then, using a current curriculum topic as subject matter, have students write down Boolean searches they would use to find information on the Web that would be relevant to a current research paper or project. After you approve the students’ Boolean search ideas, allow them to conduct their searches online and create a bibliography showing the relevant and reliable resources they found for each Boolean search they conducted. The bibliographies can then be incorporated into more comprehensive bibliographies developed for the overall research project.

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