Brochure: Global Community Brochure (Social Studies, 3rd grade)
Create a brochure to share researched information about a particular global community; illustrate with photographs (scanned or from the Internet). (Click here to see a template.)
Drawing Tools: Story Elements
Student used draw tools to show the setting and main character of the book.
Mapmaking: A Variety of Applications
- Communities (Social Studies, 2nd grade)
Use Neighborhood MapMachine (Tom Snyder Productions) and create maps of the community with legends and map keys. Use the Community Construction Kit (Tom Snyder Productions) to create buildings for the community maps.
- On the Trail with Lewis and Clark (Social Studies, 4th grade)
Use Mapmaker's Toolkit (Tom Snyder Productions) and create maps showing highlights of the the journey of Lewis and Clark; include legends and map keys.
- Westward Expansion (Social Studies, 5th grade)
Use Mapmaker's Toolkit (Tom Snyder Productions) and create maps of the major trails that led pioneers to the west coast; include points of interest, hazards, landmarks, etc.; include legend and map keys.
- The Five Themes of Geography (Social Studies, 7th grade)
Use Mapmaker’s Toolkit (Tom Snyder Productions) to work with the five themes of geography and apply them to major current events in the world. Select a current event from any major media source (television, newspaper, magazine) and use the five themes to analyze the news event (location, place, human interaction and environment, movement and communication, regions). Once the analysis is complete, have students use Mapmaker’s Toolkit to locate maps where the event took place and customize the event to share details from their analysis related to the five themes.
Newspaper: Goods and Services in Our Community (Social Studies, 2nd grade)
Create a newspaper to share information that describes occupations and roles of people in the neighborhood and community who provide goods and services. Students work with partners and each partnership contributes an article to the newspaper.
Slide Shows: A Variety of Applications
- All About the Weather: Our Poems (Science, 1st grade)
Students work with partners and create a class slide show about weather. Students use the draw tools to create original artwork and add text by typing their poems.
- Insects: Habitats, Life Cycles, Survival! (Science, 2nd Grade)
Students select insects and create slide shows to show habitats, life cycles, and survival skills of the insects ( to reinforce learning from the Life Cycle of Butterflies unit).
- Fairy Tales (Reading, 3rd Grade)
Students create slide shows with slides of text and original artwork (draw tools) for each of the fairy tale elements in a fairy tale read by the student.
- Biography (Reading, 4th Grade)
Students read biographies (keeping subject “secret” from classmates). Students create “Who am I?” slide shows by giving information about the biography subject’s life---starting with little known information and progressing to more commonly known facts about the person on each slide (one incident or fact per slide). Each slide is illustrated with photographs (scanned or from the Internet) or original art drawn by the student. Students present to class to see if they can guess identity of person before last slide (which reveals the person’s name).
- The People of Oklahoma (Social Studies, 4th Grade)
Students research famous Oklahomans and prepare slide shows celebrating their accomplishments.
- The Southeast Region (Social Studies, 4th Grade)
Students create a class slide show about the Southeast Region highlighting location, states, fun facts about the region, sports, art, tourist attractions, leaders of the region, jobs, and historical events. Each student takes a topic and contributes a slide to the show.
- Analyzing Foods (Science, 5th Grade)
Students select a food and analyze and report on its nutrients.
- Biomes (Science, 5th Grade)
Students create individual slide shows about biomes they have researched.
- Historical Figures (Social Studies, 5th Grade)
Students create slide shows sharing highlights in the lives of historical figures.
- The Prairie Habitat (Science, 5th Grade)
Students use the digital camera to create a photo essay about the prairie habitat i.e., landforms, plants, animals. Each student contributes a captioned slide.
- United States Colonies (Social Studies, 5th Grade)
Students create slideshows to teach the class about the 13 original colonies. Slides focus on the type of colony and its founding, location, famous people, lifestyles, beliefs, and government.
- I-Searches: Ancient Cultures (Social Studies, 6th Grade)
Students select an I-search topic (independent research project) and present the results of their investigations using technology. (Click here to access the I-Search investigations and the product rubric.)
Spreadsheets: A Variety of Applications
Graphing Real World Data
Have students pose questions, collect data, record data, and develop graphs to report the data e.g., income and expenses
- Plant Growth Chart
Enter data into spreadsheet from daily measurements of plant height as bean plants grow for one or two weeks; make a chart of the data.
- Rocks and Minerals Chart
Enter data into a spreadsheet on a single comparison characteristic in the science unit study of rocks (hardness, smell, etc.); make a chart of the data.
Webbing Using Kidspiration/Inspiration: A Variety of Applications
- Story Elements (Reading, Any grade)
Use Kidspiration (Inspiration Software) and have students create story elements webs i.e., setting, characters, plotline (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution; beginning, middle, end).
- Pre-write Brainstorming: Collecting Details (Language Arts, Any grade)
Use Kidspiration (Inspiration Software) and have students create pre-write brainstorming webs to gather details for personal narratives, descriptive paragraphs, expository writing.
- Outlining (Language Arts, 5th-12th grades)
Use Inspiration (Inspiration Software) and have students create research webs, then print the information in outline format ready for rough drafting.