**Purpose:** Students will actually realize how much time they spend on activities in a given 24-hour period.

**Goal:** The student will:

- Record your activities for a 24-hour period, grouping them into categories.
- Place their data in a circle graph (pie chart).
- Find information on the Internet that would give you suggestions of how to manage their time better.
- Make deductions of how you can spend your time more wisely using the information you got over the Internet and your data.

**Previous Knowledge:** Basic Spreadsheet Skills, Basic Math skills - addition, division

**Materials:** Worksheet - 'Time Management'

- Computer
- Online Access
- Calculator - (on computer - optional)
- Computer paper

**Skills Used:**

- Basic Spreadsheet skills
- Converting whole number data to percents, to decimals and to percents
- Adding percents or decimals
- Converting percents or decimals to degrees in a circle
- Converting minutes to hours in percent and decimal form

**Time Required:** 2 - 3 weeks depending on your students; it has been done in less time

**Grading Procedure:** This is up to each individual teacher

**Activity Rationale:**

This activity is a by-product of an activity that I received at 'Expanding Your Horizons' '96. I felt that the activity that Jan Marie Casey, Math teacher at Paul Revere Middle School in Houston I.S.D. used could be modified to use with computers. Not only can we discuss study skills, math skills, but they will also learn how to manage time. The accompanying spreadsheet example helps the students actually see how they spend time. According to Jan Marie Casey, "The beauty of this activity is no two students' data is exactly alike and therefore there will be less cheating."

- Set-up the student spreadsheets.
- Collect data and input into spreadsheet. Some students pre-write and

some automatically input it into the spreadsheet. What you prefer as a

teacher is up to you.

- Once SS are completed, students develop conversion formulas.

- Circle graphs are made from conversion data.

**Focus on the following concept:**- Total % = 100
- Total decimal =1
- Total circle value = 360°

- Access the Internet - URL's to access on-line:

- Write a three-fourths to one page paper on how they came up with their

formulas, explain how a beginner might read their graph, and some

deductions of how they can spend their time more wisely, include some

actual steps.

**Categories: **

- School
- Studying
- Phone
- Rest
- Social
- Hygiene
- Eating
- Television
- Extracurricular
- Sports
- Transportation
- Chores

*** You and/or your students may come up with some other categories to include their activities in.

*** You may also want your class to do this for a longer period than a 24-hour day.

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These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.

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