Item Number: JNR-CANDY

AUTHENTIC SPREADSHEET LESSONS FOR KIDS: Students build technology skills with a real-world task: how to improve declining sales at a candy company. The inquiry approach engages children and provides a meaningful and highly motivating learning opportunity.

CREATE POWERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES: Hook student interest and reinforce curriculum objectives with active learning. As students research the problem using a survey and then design a solution, they build problem solving strategies, grow their critical thinking skills, and develop creativity.

EASY-TO-FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: Resources include a Teacher Guide and Student Workbook with illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Additional tools provided are customizable assessment files, optional extension activities, templates, and sample completed projects.

STEM INTEGRATION LESSON PLANS: Create a blended learning environment. Combine technology with math: organizing data, problem-solving, graphing, calculating, and sorting. Connect mathematics to everyday challenges. Make spreadsheets relevant with a fun and practical project.

CREATE CONFIDENT RISK-TAKERS: Making decisions using simulations promotes essential personal skills. To prepare students for the future, build personal qualities such as perseverance, self-management, initiative, and responsibility.

Technology Integration: Business Studies, Language Arts, Math, Visual Arts

Technology Skill: Data Management, Graphics, Spreadsheet, Word Processing

Version: Google, Microsoft 365, Office 2019, Office 2016, Office 2013, Office Online

Program: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides

Assignment 1: Spreadsheets and You

Recognize the practical application of spreadsheets. Set a goal for learning.

Assignment 2: Explore Spreadsheets

Learn spreadsheet terminology and acquire basic skills.

Assignment 3: Understand the Problem

Grasp the challenge facing the candy business. Formulate a plan to collect information.

Assignment 4: Conduct a Survey

Administer a survey about color preferences to research the problem.

Assignment 5: Record Survey Results in a Spreadsheet

Organize survey results in a spreadsheet. Format the data to make it easy to read.

Assignment 6: Calculate Survey Data

Compute totals using the Sum function.

Assignment 7: Graph the Survey Results

Represent data in a column chart. Customize the chart style. Interpret the survey results.

Assignment 8: Research the Candy

Investigate candy packaging. List predictions and actual amounts of colored candies.

Assignment 9: Record Research Results

Organize data in a new worksheet. Calculate totals using the Sum function.

Assignment 10: Make a Comparison Chart

Sort data. Create a double bar graph. Edit the title, legend, and axes. Analyze research findings.

Assignment 11: Report Solution to the Problem

Recommend a proposal based on the evidence. Support reasoning using graphs.

Assignment 12: Submit the Report

Verify the report is complete using a checklist. Revise the content. Print or share the document.

Optional Spreadsheet Lessons:

  • Play Spreadsheet Bingo: Practice spreadsheet skills.
  • Have Fun with Cell References: Foster creativity.
  • Experiment with Sum: Compare calculations.
  • Explore Chart Types: Make different types of graphs.
  • Draw Packaging: Design a candy package.
  • Conduct a Poll or Survey: Ask a question. Display results.

Terms of Use
Use TechnoCandy with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Access everything you need from TechnoHub, and transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.

Conduct a Survey
Research Candy Package
Recommend a Solution
Spreadsheet Lessons for Beginners

Spreadsheet Activities for Beginners

Elementary students learn technology and math skills through problem solving in TechnoCandy. The spreadsheet lessons connect mathematics to a real-world situation that is simplified to make it understandable for children. Students are challenged to develop a solution that will increase candy sales. This project can be used to develop critical thinking, teach inquiry and analytic research methods, and build problem solving strategies.

  • Connect mathematics to everyday life
  • Investigate a problem using spreadsheets
  • Conduct a survey and research candy packaging to collect data
  • Develop a plan based on evidence
  • Recommend a solution and explain reasoning in a written report
  • Organize data in a spreadsheet using multiple sheets
  • Graph data in a single and double bar graph and interpret results
  • Format cells to make data easy to read
  • Calculate data using formulas
  • Sort data alphabetically and numerically

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Spark student interest with engaging spreadsheet lessons and word processing for beginners. Students investigate a problem by conducting a survey and researching candy packaging. Then they develop a plan to boost candy sales by adjusting the color of candies in a package. TechnoCandy spreadsheet lessons show students how to organize, calculate, and graph data. Based on the evidence, students recommend a solution in a written report.

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it is good

Melissa, berlin, jfks


it is good

Melissa, berlin, jfks


The students love Techno Candy! This is my 3rd year teaching it. I love that the teachers guide is easy to follow with it's step by step directions.

Melissa , Chicago, Cicero East School


My students love Techno Candy, this is my 4th year teaching this. They learn about spreadsheets, inserting charts, and the use of auto fill. They really look forward to being able to eat the candy at the end of the assignment.

michele walker, whitney, whitney middle school


What a great program to teach Excel to the students! They all love it and have so much fun. They don't even realize that they're actually learning a program. The BINGO game was such a hit that we played until every student had their "cards" filled completely. Thank you for an amazing program!

Stacie F., Oakdale, MN, Homeschool


It was a nice way to introduce Google Sheets to my 3rd - 5th graders!

Pam V, Everett, WA USA, Forest View Elementary


Great project. My kids really liked the Excel Bingo to start the lessons. Great step by step approach to learning Excel.

Kristen S, Butler, PA, BCS


I've just download and gone through the materials. I will be using them to teach tomorrow. I love the content and easy to follow instructions.

C. Wong, Hunters Hill, Australia, Big Little Matrix


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Vicki L, Cincinnati, OH, St. James School


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T. Sauer, KY, USA, OCES

I love the content and easy to follow instructions.

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C. Wong,
Big Little Matrix,
Hunters Hill, NSW, Australia

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