This Animated Step-by-Step Bean Science Experiment explores the importance of sunshine in promoting plant growth. Six zip lock bags with two beans each, and a moist (but not wet) paper towel are assembled and placed in three locations in the classroom: (window, inside wall and closed closet). Students are encouraged to document the growth of the beans across several weeks and make conclusions as a result of their observations. In addition to the obvious science (life cycle of the bean plant) and literacy agenda, this file has been designed to support skip counting by 2s.
This animated PowerPoint science project is part of an ongoing series of recipes, crafts, poems/songs and science projects designed to serve as a vehicle for reinforcing literacy in the classroom. Although content was originally designed to capitalize on interactive whiteboard technology, the files work beautifully with the free Microsoft PowerPoint app for the iPad. Visit the blog (www.animatedstepbysteps.blogspot.com) for numerous suggestions for implementing Animated Step-by-Steps in your classroom.
• The step-by-step text is simple and consistent across activities regardless of whether they are a recipe, craft, poem, song or science project.
• Each step has been distilled into smaller components to make them less overwhelming for beginning readers and students with special needs.
• Each PowerPoint slide presents a single step with several embedded animations
designed to help all students better understand the step requirements.
• Animations are designed to support and visually reward reading and promote language comprehension.
• Stars appear in the text, signaling when an animation should to be inserted.
• Animations are slow to promote visual tracking in several directions.
• Photos are clear (no background distractions) and uniform across activities, thereby promoting consistent picture-word-text associations.
• Each PowerPoint slide includes an image of the final product thereby providing a constant reminder/reference for the focus of the activity.
• Sound effects accompany all key animations to reinforce a deeper understanding of actions and are designed to include individuals who are visually impaired.
• The task of activating animations is typically shared by students (by coming up to the board to tap or by using a remote switch) or can be assigned to a single student undergoing training in switch use.
This file was created using PowerPoint 14.3.5 and works best when using a current version of PowerPoint. It does however appears to be functional on earlier versions of PowerPoint. Please note the downloaded file is a read only PowerPoint Show file (97-2004). It should be compatible with PowerPoint versions 97 to current.
Bloom is committed to providing students and teachers with creative and engaging materials designed to promote differentiated instruction that is beneficial for all students.