Effects of TV Viewing on Grades
Students will test a hypothesis to see if there is a direct correlation between number of hours of TV viewing and academic grade. They will collect and compile data to enter on a spreadsheet and create a word processing document which will include data and graphs to support their hypothesis.
- Students keep track of TV viewing hours for a period of a week
compute their daily average.
- Students collect, organize, describe and analyze data.
- Students use the ClarisWorks spreadsheet module.
- Students use the spreadsheet to display results as a bar graph
and a scatter plot.
- Students use ClarisWorks word processing to communicate
results through a written document complete with graphs for
- Students compute and examine individual results.
- Students collect data.
- Students display data.
- Students analyze data and communicate results in a written
- Using a How much TV do you watch ? worksheet,
discuss the question with
- As a group, decide on what qualifies as TV viewing: broadcast,
cable, video tapes,
playing video games, etc.
- Have students make predictions about a persons viewing
habits and his academic
- Collect individual data by having students measure and record
their TV viewing time for a week then take their daily
- Collect group data by taking a survey around the room.
- Write a draft of an explanation that includes the hypothesis,
method of data collection, results and conclusion.
On the computer
- Input all data to a ClarisWorks spreadsheet. Once data is
recorded, follow directions from make a chart from the
spreadsheet. Students should create a bar graph and a scatter plot
with the information.
- Using a word processing program, the students are to type
their draft and use editing tools to create their document. The
students are to import the graphs from their spreadsheet to
support their hypothesis and conclusion.
- Discuss with students other possible issues that may be
examined and put into a statistical format.
- Magazine an/or newspaper articles on TV viewing habits for
various age groups.