Q7 Just Function (Fx)

13. Dig the Data


Spreadsheets allow you to organize your data. This Quest will help you create and use data in the form of a spreadsheet to make wise decisions. Pay close attention to using functions and graphs so that you can analyze your data effectively. For this Quest, you will need to check in with your teacher to establish which activity you will complete.

Car Cruising is an activity where you will collect data on the cars in your parking lot (or alternate lot identified by your teacher). You will collect data about the car color, model, and license plate month. You will learn how to use different sheets in a spreadsheet, have the spreadsheet calculate totals, percents (%), and create different graphics (bar chart, pie chart, and one of your choice).

Cell Phone Use is an activity where you will use data provided on cell phone useage: minutes and text messages. You will enter the data in a spreadsheet, do totals and averages, and graph the data. Then after analyzing the data you will look at different cell phone plans and recommend the one you think would be best. 

Hungry Mungry is an activity where you examine the eating habits of a boy named Mungry by entering data into a spreadsheet, creating totals and illustrating the data in bar graphs and pie charts. Then you will compare his eating habits to the healthy dietary guidelines and provide recommendations for change.

Key Vocabulary

Functions: Functions are predefined formulas and are already available in modern-day spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. 

Analyze: To analyze is to help us to learn what our data might mean in a spreadsheet. 

I Can Statements

  • analyze data and create different visual representations of it
  • can use spreadsheets, charts and visual representations are tools to help organize, evaluate, and present data
  • create, organize, analyze and share representations of data in a spreadsheet, chart, graph, and data plot formats with my teacher and classmates


1. Discuss which activity (or activities) you will complete.

Car Cruising Activity…includes instructions  

Cell Phone Activity…includes instructions

Hungry Mungry Activity...includes instructions

Completing this Quest

Your directions for completing this Quest are listed in the directions for each of the activities linked above.  Be sure that you have submitted your work to your File Space.  

Check off one or both from your 21t4s roadmap 

I have completed this Quest and am ready for Quest 8, Whiskers  

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

5. Computational Thinker
b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets

6. Creative Communicator
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Summarize and describe distributions.

Summarize numerical data sets

CCSS MP4. MOdel with Mathematics.

CCSS MP5. Use appropriate tools strategically