Database Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

This lesson focuses on introducing the concept of databases and their uses to elementary aged students. Several engaging activities are included for all levels of learners. Alternatives for classrooms without access to computers are provided for the activities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Define and understand the uses of a database
  • Understand database terminology
  • Create a database

Length

1 to 2 hours

Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Printed list of prompt questions

Vocabulary

  • Database
  • Field
  • Record

Instructions

Warm-Up

  • Pass out a sheet of paper to each student.
  • Ask students to think about their favorite place to visit.
  • Explain that you want the students to write everything they know about that place on their papers.
  • Provide students a list of prompt questions. These can include:
    • What is the name of the place?
    • What is the place? Is it a country, state, city, amusement park?
    • Where is it located?
    • How far away from your home is it?
    • Do you drive or fly there?
    • What do you do there?
    • Why is it your favorite place?
    • How many times have you been there?
    • Who goes there with you?
    • Is the place famous for anything? If so, what?
  • Give students enough time to answer as many questions as possible.
  • Instruct students to set their papers to the side momentarily.

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