Microsoft Excel Definition for Sheets

Microsoft Excel creates workbook data files that contain three worksheets by default.

“Excel wasn’t the first spreadsheet program, but it’s by far the most popular worldwide.” (c) Excel Assignment Team.

A sheet is a short name for a single worksheet or spreadsheet in a Microsoft Excel workbook. The worksheet is a table or grid composed of rows and columns that make it convenient to enter, organize, calculate and consolidate data. Although VisiCalc and Lotus 123 introduced the concept of spreadsheets or worksheets on personal computers, Excel provided a graphical interface to layer and link multiple sheets using a mouse in a windowed environment.

Creating Worksheets

You can set the number of worksheets that a workbook will generate by default by navigating to the “Tools->Options->General” menus. The number of individual worksheets that you can add to your workbook file is only constrained by your computer’s memory. You can add individual worksheets by right-clicking on an existing worksheet tab and selecting “Insert.” You also have options to delete, move, rename and copy existing sheets using this menu.

Entering Worksheet Data

Click the cell that you wish to enter data into and begin typing. You can enter text, numbers, formulas and images into cells. You can format the data in cells by clicking options on the tool bar at the top of your screen, the “Format->Cells” menu, or by right-clicking the cell and selecting a format option. Font, size, color and justification are examples of the formats applicable to worksheet cell data.

Navigating Worksheets

Click the tabs in the bottom border of your screen to move between individual worksheets. You can group individual sheets together by holding the control key and clicking the individual sheet tabs with your mouse. Grouping individual sheets allows you to edit and update related information quickly and accurately. You can also format and print grouped sheets quickly and conveniently.

Consolidating Worksheets

Consolidate data between multiple worksheets using the “Consolidation” option from the “Data” menu. You can have a separate worksheet of expenses for each month of the year and consolidate the 12 separate sheets into a single annual expense sheet using this option. Changes to expenses on any of the monthly sheets will update the annual consolidation sheet automatically. A consolidated worksheet can reside within the same workbook as the dependent worksheets or stand alone in a separate workbook file.

Worksheet Benefits

Excel worksheets allow you to create, import, analyze and report on large amounts of data quickly and accurately. Microsoft Office Excel 2007 supports individual worksheets up to 1 million rows by 16,000 columns featuring a range of arithmetic, statistical, financial and engineering functions. Worksheets also support charts and graphics that enable analysis, communication and collaboration of diverse data sets.

Back to School and Early Fall Writing Prompts

Fall is almost here. It’s time for writing about August, back to school, setting goals, football, and Labor Day! Use these free ideas for encouraging student writing.

After a long summer vacation, most children will need a little time to ease back into the school routine and that includes writing. But by utilizing fun topics and themes, the transition should be a little easier!

Back to School Diorama

Now is a great time to make dioramas since most students have new shoes for school and should have a nice shoebox in their house. Have each student choose a writing prompt from below and then create a diorama of a favorite part of their summer. Attach the written pieces to the diorama and allow the students to become better acquainted by reading each other’s stories and looking at their dioramas.

Score with Goals Bulletin Board

Have each student write on the topic of “My Goals This Month”. In the essay, have him write about five goals he has for the first month of school and why he is choosing those goals. Then have him write each goal on a football and place it on a bulletin board designed to look like a football field with goal posts at each end. When he meets a specific goal, he can move his football from the field to the end zone. This is a good tool for getting students started in making goals and achieving them over a short period of time. Ask for help to, and never again to return to the search with Do My Project for me request.

Create a Class Book

Rather than waiting for the end of the year to create a class book, make one at the beginning of the year so students can become acquainted much more quickly. Have the students complete a fill-in-the-blank and short essay sheet that tells about their favorite things, who they are, and their interests. The students can decorate their page with drawings, stickers or pictures cut from magazines. Put all of the pages in a three ring binder so everyone can enjoy looking at them. Putting the sheets in protective sleeves will keep them nicer longer.

August Writing Prompts

  • Beating the Heat
  • Summer’s Best Month
  • My August Holiday (August is the only month without a major holiday so create one!)
  • Baseball, Baseball, Baseball
  • The Case of the Disappearing Beach Ball
  • Hot, Hot, Hot!

End of Summer Writing Prompts

  • The Case of the Missing Summer Vacation
  • My Favorite Summer Day
  • I’m Glad Summer Vacation is Over!
  • Where Did Summer Go?
  • If It Were Summer Every Day

Labor Day Writing Prompts

  • The Importance of Work
  • The Best Job in the World
  • Celebrating Labor Day
  • My Dream Job
  • My Dad/Mom/Parents Work(s) Hard

Back-to-School Writing Prompts

  • Getting Ready for a New Year
  • 10 Things Every ______ Grader Should Know
  • Planning for the Best School Year Ever
  • My Goals for This Year
  • Five Things I Love about School

Football Writing Prompts

  • The Year with No Quarterback
  • The Purple Helmet Mystery
  • Another Touchdown!
  • The Football Spy
  • My Perfect Football Game
  • When the Marching Band Played Football
  • The Best Tailgate Party Ever

Enjoy a great start to the school year and get students writing early with these fun and easy back to school and early fall writing prompts and projects!