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Keywords: Presentation, Earth Science
Subject(s): Information Skills, Technology, Writing, Earth Science
Grades 5 through 6
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Holy Name of Jesus School, Wayzata, MN
Planned By: Wendy Mitchell
Original Author: Wendy Mitchell, Wayzata

In order to maintain and improve their existence, humans interact with and influence Earth systems. In small groups you will research how humans interact with their environment given the specific research topic. Then as a group you will create a presentation using Google Docs, Power Point or Keynote to share with the class.

Research Topic 1:
How are mineral energy resources obtained and processed? How does processing modify properties to make them more useful? (i.e. iron ore, biofuels, coal)

Research Topic 2:
Identify renewable and non-renewable energy and material resources found in MN. How are they used? (i.e. water, iron ore, granite,.... identify at least three more on your own)

Research Topic 3:
Explore thee individual human choices and how they affect the environment (example: choosing plastic, paper or reusable grocery bags).

Presentation Tips:
* Keep the amount of words on each slide to a minimum. The words are meant to help you remember your thoughts. They are not meant to be read from the screen.
Use pictures on your slides to express thoughts.
Avoid fancy font and font colors to make it easy to read.
Make sure the font is not lost in the picture.
Use text boxes to keep them separate.
Cite your sources on your last slide.

Project Content (24 possible points)
* Research question was answered in full with clear and specific supporting details. Slides include grade level content.

Use of Technology (12 possible points)
Amount of words on slides were kept to a minimum, several pictures were provide, font is easy to read, sources are cited.

Presentation: (6 possible points)
Effectively uses eye contact, speaks clearly with suitable volume and pace, uses proper grammar, and engages the audience.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Technology Integration, Language Arts - Writing Skills, Presentation Skills
Materials: Whiteboards, Portable, Printers, Elementary, Slideshow, Clip Art, Video Tools, Student Resources, Integrating Technology