Tools for Calculating: Spreadsheets
Students enjoy dealing with authentic information. Explore some of the resources below to find "real-world" sources of data. Consider joining an online project.

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Comparison Shop

Try Comparison Shopping

Do some online comparison shopping. Explore the following sites and compare the price of three items. Make a simple spreadsheet that lists the place, the item, and the price. An easy place to start is with the titles of three books, movies, or CDs. 

Start with these:
Also try these:

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 Use Online Calculators

Try some web-based calculators:
Try these formulas for spreadsheet projects:

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Create Spreadsheets


Conduct a science or social studies experiment and analyze the results on a spreadsheet.

  • Identify a problem and gather the data.
  • Create a file in Microsoft Excel.
  • Develop the layout.
  • Enter formulas.
  • Enter data.
  • Analyze the data.
  • Try some "what-ifs".
  • Draw conclusions.


Developed by Annette Lamb, 7/99. Updated 06/01