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My First PowerPoint Presentation

 

Subject: Language Arts, Visual Arts, Ed. Technology
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description

Students integrate technology, language arts, and art and create a PowerPoint presentation.

Objectives

Students will locate letters on a keyboard and type a sentence, illustrate the sentence, read and record it, and work cooperatively to include it in a PowerPoint presentation.

Keywords

PowerPoint, colors, sentence structure, cooperative learning

Materials Needed

 

Computer with PowerPoint installed, a microphone, a previously completed PowerPoint presentation, crayons, several pieces of copy paper with one sentence written on each.

Lesson Plan

Students create a PowerPoint presentation incorporating technology into the subjects of reading, art, and computer literacy. The theme in this presentation is 'colors,' although other themes, such as multiculturalism and holidays, can also be used.

Introduction.

  • Prepare an opening slide that includes the title of the project and name of the class. If possible, include a class photo.
  • Tell students they are going to watch a slide show on the computer that is called a PowerPoint Show. As each slide appears, call attention to such elements of the presentation as pictures, sounds, colors, and transitions.
  • Compare the slides to pages of a book. This helps activate prior schema.
  • Tell students that they are going to make a presentation to show their parents on parent/teacher conference day.

Preparation.

  • Arrange students into groups and distribute the written sentences. (You will need one sentence for each group of children. A sample sentence might be: The gray elephant threw a peanut in the air.)
  • Help students in each group practice reading their sentence.
  • Have students draw a picture to go with their group's sentence.

Procedure.

  • When the illustrations are complete, work with students in groups to complete the computer portion of the project. Plan to spend about 10 -15 minutes per group.
  • Explain to students that they are going to make slides for a presentation! Have them practice reading their sentence aloud four or five times. Encourage them to touch each word as they read.
  • Point out that the first word begins with a capital letter. Explain that a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence signals a new thought. Show them how to make a capital letter using the keyboard.
  • Point out that spaces separate words and make them easier to read. Show them how to make a space using the keyboard.
  • Point out the period at the end of the sentence. Tell students the period shows that a thought is completed. Show them how to make a period using the keyboard.
  • Divide the number of words in each sentence as evenly as possible among the students in the group and assign each student about the same number of words.
  • Have the first student type his or her words and read them aloud. Then have the second student type and read the next group of words. Continue until students in the group have typed their entire sentence.
  • After the sentence is typed, have students practice reading the sentence together several times. Then have them record the sentence to add to the presentation! Explain that they should read their words clearly, so everyone can hear and understand it.
  • Show students the slide they've made. Explain that the slide needs background color. Using the background setting, have each student choose his or her favorite color. Blend the colors using the gradient setting.
  • Show students what the slide looks like. Explain that you will scan the drawings and put them into the presentation. If you have a scanner at school, students can help scan the pictures.
  • Have students in each group type their names or initials at the bottom of the group's slide.
  • Repeat the procedure with each group.
  • Assemble the slide show and insert all the pictures. Have students vote on a transitional sound for the slides.

Closure.

  • Review the steps taken to make the presentation.
  • Allow students to view the presentation.
  • Ask what they liked best about making the presentation.
  • Ask them what they learned about writing a sentence.

(Note: The presentation can be saved on discs and given to each person. Be sure to include a copy of the PowerPoint Viewer, which can be found on the Office Disk or at the Microsoft Website. This makes a wonderful memento for parents after conference time.

Assessment

Students successfully complete their group's slide.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by: Jean Napier-Faeih, (ntatters@aol.com) Holy Trinity School, Lenexa, Kansas


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3/27/2000

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