For all the teachers who read this, and are interested in generational theory, here is a great lesson plan that helps children develop a multitude of skills, and at the same time learn something about the generation gap.
There is an online assignment/lesson plan at: http://www.microsoft.com/Education/gengap.mspx. OK, it comes from the evil empire of Microsoft, so ignore the fact that their approach is to get your kids using their software – its still a good assignment.
Students get a real life lesson in Sociology as they create a hypothesis about the attitudinal differences between generations, test their hypothesis with a survey, chart their findings, and present their answers to the class.
Objectives: To introduce students to the process of creating a hypothesis and testing its validity, familiarize students with spreadsheet fundamentals, and encourage thoughtful discussion about generational differences.