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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016     Views: 1328

This question is a great opportunity for you to weave together what you know about:

  • what spreadsheets can do
  • the kinds of things households, families, or individuals need to keep track of

Begin by thinking about spreadsheets and doing some background research. 

  1. Gather information about spreadsheets by consulting reference materials, such as encyclopedias and eBooks which provide a basic introduction to spreadsheets.
  2. What are some common features and functions of spreadsheet software and spreadsheets?
  3. What types of mathematical or statistical calculations can spreadsheets do?

Brainstorm a list of things households or families need to keep track of or calculate.

  1. What are some common household tasks that involve numbers or money? 
  2. What are some common things families try to keep track of, like an inventory?
  3. What are some common things individuals want to keep track of, related to their home environment?

Combine those ideas by asking yourself how a person could use a spreadsheet to track or calculate in relation to the household tasks you listed.