Students get ready to solve a mystery by creating database records
and recording information about their classmates. This "nuts and bolts"
lesson defines database, provides step by step directions for making
one, and prepares students to discover how databases work in the election
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Collect, organize, and describe data.
Use technology to solve problems.
Construct, read, and interpret a given set of data.
Explore the role technology plays in our Information Age.
A Database Worksheet introduces students
to why and how they can solve problems with databases. They design
a class database, poll their peers, and enter essential
facts in the data base. This is a prelude to
Special #2 where student detectives practice
search and sort techniques to solve
Acquisition of information processing skills prepares students to
explore the democratic process by planning to hold a voter registration
campaign and schoolwide elections.
Students discuss career opportunities for
computer and database programmers, pollsters, and political analysts.
ClarisWorks Office for Dummies by LeVitus and Higgins, 1997:
IDG Books; ClarisWorks 5 in the Classroom K-12 1998: MicroMedia
Students follow a worksheet based on
ClarisWorks (PC) that is easily adaptable to
the Mac and other database software.
Students and teacher check Database Worksheets for details and data
Students demystify databases when they access Appleworks
and ClarisWorks tutorials.