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Google Sheets Spreadsheet Skill Review: Ice Cream Chart

You are the proud new owner of an ice cream cart. To help decide what flavors to have in the cart, you surveyed adults and children to find out what they liked. What flavors of ice cream should you have in the cart?

Use Google Sheets to organize the survey results and graph the data.

Ice Cream FlavorAdultsChildrenTotal
vanilla193
bubble gum08
butter pecan123
cookies and cream36
chocolate612
mint chocolate chip32
strawberry104
Table: Survey Results

Organize Data Using a Spreadsheet

  1. Open Google Sheets.

2. Add a title:

    • In A1 type Ice Cream Survey. Press ENTER.
    • Select cells A1, B1, C1, and D1.
    • Click Merge cells to combine the cells. merge cells
    • Click Horizonal align. horizontal align
    • Select Center. center
    • Change the font size to 12. font size 12
    • Apply the Bold style. bold

3. Type the survey headings into each cell:

A3 FlavorsB3 AdultsC3 ChildrenD3 Total

4. Type each Ice Cream Flavor into a cell below the Flavors heading. Refer to the table above.

TIP: If the text is too wide for the cell, double click in between the column headings. This will fit the cell to the text.

5. Type the number of Adults and Children that like the flavor. Refer to the table above.

6. Calculate the Totals:

    • In D4, click Functions. functions Select SUM.
    • Select the cells to calculate the number of people that like the flavor. Press ENTER.
    • Use Autofill to copy the formula into the remaining cells in the Total column.

7. Make the data look great. font bold  TIP: If the text is too wide for the cell, double click in between the column headings. This will fit the cell to the text. fill color text color center   

8. Make a column graph of the total number of people that like each flavor:

  • Select the Flavors (A4:A10) and Totals (D4:D10) using the CTRL key.
  • Click Insert chart. insert chart
  • Select a Column chart.
  1. Edit the Chart & axis titles:
    • Label the Chart title, Ice Cream Flavors People Like.
    • Label the Horizontal axis title, Ice Cream Flavors.
    • Type the Vertical axis title, Number of People.
    • Resize  and move  the graph below the survey data.
  2. Name the workbook Ice Cream Survey.

Questions about the Survey Results

Analyze the data and the graph to answer the questions.

  1. Look at the data. What flavor of ice cream do adults like the most?
  2. Look at the data. What flavor of ice cream do children like the most?
  3. Look at the data. What flavor of ice cream do adults like least?
  4. Look at the data. What flavor of ice cream do children like least?
  5. Look at the graph. What flavor is liked the most?
  6. Look at the graph. What flavor is liked the least?
  7. If you can fit only five flavors into your cart, what ones will you choose?
  8. Why did you choose these flavors?

Christa Love

Christa Love, Curriculum Developer & Teacher ~ I am passionate about blending technology into curriculum. Whether it is programming, video production, graphic design, or digital citizenship, I am interested in how apps and tools can be used to enhance learning. Throughout the years I have designed many TechnoKids technology projects. My favorite part of curriculum development is field-testing the ideas to determine the activities that work best in real classrooms. I write about what I have learned that can save teachers time in their own curriculum planning.