This project is designed to have students work in groups to create a cohesive presentation using Google Slides about a biome of the world. I used it as a way to have students work on the speaking and listening standards. Instructions are general as to allow for individual differentiation among the projects. It can be interesting to see what students can create with only a small amount of structure & the freedom to conduct their own research.
Although it is not necessary, it is helpful to make sure that students have an understanding of ecosystems and what an adaptation is to complete this project. I had students choose their biome out of a jar for variety—I did allow them to trade with the ones that were leftover. The first thing they had to do as a group, after I went over the criteria, was to complete the form that let me know what their roles and responsibilities were. I passed this all out and went over it on Monday and had the presentations on Friday. I think they might have needed a bit more time, but most groups that worked well together were able to create a thorough presentation. Having copies of the rubric to use while the students are presenting is a quick and easy way to provide feedback. Giving the students a copy of the rubric when going over the expectations for the project is a simple way to help them keep their slides focused on the established criteria. This was a high-interest activity for my kiddos.