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All About Me Powerpoint (An upper grade back to school activity)

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Keywords: PowerPoint, oral presentation, technology, computer skills, writing
Subject(s): Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Writing, Speech and Language, English/Language Arts
Grades 4 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: 116th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
Planned By: Brandi Bass
Original Author: Brandi Bass, Los Angeles
Before Lesson requirements:
Teacher must create a PowerPoint that gives information on family, school, likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, and goals for the year. The PowerPoint should include clipart, scanned photos, and sound effects (optional). Teacher will also create a handout detailing the assignment , a checklist so students can check off the items the have or still need to incorporate, and supply a 4point rubric. Teachers model should include all the elements of a score of 4. Teacher must also plan computer lab schedule.

Day 1: Teacher presents PowerPoint and details the assignment, answering any questions and going through the rubric with students.

Day 2-5: Teacher should model how to add text to PowerPoint, save information, insert clipart, change designs and fonts, add pictures from files, how to run the PowerPoint show and click to move each slide, etc. Have students practice during a computer lab session.

Day 6-9: Students should use a graphic organizer to list information that they will type into their PowerPoint. Students need to bring a photograph(s) to scan during class time or computer lab time.

Day 10-12: Students should complete their PowerPoint Projects and use a teacher created checklist to see if they have each element necessary for a passing score.

Day 13: Students should practice and rehearse their oral presentations.

Day 14-15: Students will present PowerPoints and Teacher will grade on oral skills and PowerPoint presentation.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
A great Back to School Night activity to play as parents walk around room
Materials: Mobile Labs, Portable, Projector Screens, Art Tools, Memory Cards, Computer Accessories, LCD Monitors, Clip Art, Integrating Technology