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Title: Database Problem Solving:
World Work Organization
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by
this lesson plan
English Language Arts, Social Studies, Computer
Skills, Information Skills
Objective(s): Given a
prepared database, use sorting and searching techniques to solve a specific
Measure: Given a database
of the countries of Africa, identify the countries that would most benefit
from medical assistance.
Materials Needed: Pre-Activity:
Current map of Africa, information on each country. Activity: Computer
with database program and Africa file, index card per student, sign for
computer station, set of World Work Organization
placement cards, container for index cards. (Database--Africa)
Time: Two class sessions.
Terms: Database, Sort, Search
- 1. Review a list or map of the current countries of Africa.
- 2. Practice searching and sorting the prepared database
file (Africa) of countries of Africa.
With the Students
- 1. Review a map of the current countries of Africa, either
with the class as a whole using a computer program or map on the overhead
or allow time for small groups of students to study the map.
- 2. Discuss facts already studied about each country.
- 1. Designate the computer station as the WORLD WORK ORGANIZATION
headquarters (international, work placement bureau specializing in placing
professional workers and in sending aid to African counries).
- 2. Provide each student an index card to label with a
professional worker (e.g., pediatrician, general physician, dentist, teacher,
elder care social worker). The type of profession on the cards should vary
but several cards could have the same profession.
- 3. Place the cards in a container.
- 4. Draw a card from the container and lead the class
in identifying which countries might need workers of that profession and
- 5. Simultaneously, have pairs of students take turns
(or for a less time consuming class demonstration, have one pair use the
database for all questions) as World Work Organization employees to search
the database file or sort the records to find the African countries most
in need of that worker. Students will need to sort, search, and analyze
fields such as percentage of population, life expectancy, people per doctor,
infant mortality, etc. to determine countries with a need of the worker
- 6. Have the World Work Organization employees complete
a "worker placement" card based on
their search and present it to the class. (See sample idea for worker placement
- 7. Compare the opinion of the class (step 4) with the
results of the database search (step 5) and have the two groups defend
their decision and suggest why any differences have occurred.
Provide students a prepared database file of countries
of Africa. Ask them to identify the countries that would most benefit from
medical assistance and explain what field(s) they considered in making
their decision and why. (Directions: Have students decide on the database
strategy in small groups of 3-4 students but have each student do his own
search and write his own response to submit.)
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