The sample material is Lesson 5, "Population and Political Power." Students use a spreadsheet to explore methods of apportionment of the 435 members of the House of Representatives. Students use the IF-THEN-ELSE decision statement, sort columns, and use the INT function of spreadsheets. Students learn to appreciate the power that spreadsheets provide for adjusting values to obtain a needed result, such as the 435 U.S. Representatives.
Throughout the curriculum, interesting problem contexts serve as the foundation for instruction. As lessons unfold around these problem situations, classroom instruction tends to follow a common pattern as elaborated under Instructional Design.
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