Welcome to my Extreme Weather PowerPoint unit. I typically save PowerPoint for the 3rd or 4th quarter of the school year for a couple of reasons. The first is that I feel like PowerPoint combines nicely a lot of the skills my students have been using all year such as text boxes and Word Art. It is also a lot of fun to learn about all the animations available to the students for their presentations. The last reason is that I let them work at their own pace to do as many slides as they can during the last quarter. The last nine weeks can be a little shorter than the other quarters so I can reduce the number of slides required if we start to run out of time. I really like letting the students work independently. It shows me how much they have learned and are able to apply on their own. Of course, you can do it any time you want during the school year, that's just what I do.
The students loved the extreme aspect of this project especially the boys. They also learned a lot about these natural phenomenon’s and how they develop into extreme storms. Both of the websites have lots of great information on them which is geared specifically to kids. I had them do a bulleted list of safety tips because I thought this was good information to have specifically for us as we are a coastal community which can be prone to hurricanes and even tornados. I didn’t just want them to learn about these storms but to also learn how to stay safe before during and after they occur. The exception being tsunamis because the only safety tip is to evacuate immediately. :)
The skills presented in this project are Word Art, text boxes, inserting pictures from the internet, Clip Art, animation, slide transitions and sound. I talk a lot about what makes a good or bad PowerPoint presentation. My curriculum includes step by step, easy to follow lesson plans, a sample of the finished project, research sheet and a letter explaining a little more about the project.
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