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Lesson Plan

Digital Smiles
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 4 to 6
Duration: 4-6 sessions, 45 to 60 minutes each
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Gathering and Sharing Information


In this lesson, students use yarn and metric rulers to measure the lengths of their smiles. They record measurements in an electronic spreadsheet, analyze the data to discover such things as who has the biggest smile and the group's average smile size. They present their findings, using digital pictures to enhance their presentations. This activity provides an opportunity to connect to the day school curriculum in several academic areas, including science, math, and literacy.

Learning Goals:



Instructors should determine students' computer and camera skill levels and select appropriate technology tools. Instructors should also have basic computer skills, including familiarity with digital cameras, electronic spreadsheets and calculation formulas, and word-processing software.

What to Do:

Engage students Collect data Record and analyze the data Introduce spreadsheet capabilities Interpret the data Present the results

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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