Teams of students will identify environmental issues related to prairie preservation and urban development and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation aided by a poster or PowerPoint presentation. Students will take notes and complete a web diagram or Inspiration type flow chart to storyboard their presentation.
Students will pretend that they are a team of community leaders, environmentalists and resource experts. A major housing developer is requesting permission from the Zoning Commission to build a new subdivision in one of the few remaining prairie areas of the state. The Zoning Commission has requested information on prairies and the impact the new subdivision would have on the prairie ecosystem. The Commission has requested that a team of experts research the issues and prepare a presentation to assist them in making a decision.
Teams of students will complete a K-W-L-H chart prior to reading the background information and assigning roles.
Students will work with a team or partner and create a graphic organizer that visually summarizes the background information.
Teams will select roles, complete research, and design a project/ presentation describing the benefits and problems of prairie preservation.
The final project will:
Students may write an editorial, letter to the editor, brochure, or magazine article about the issue (similar to National Geographic magazine's articles) or design a poster or Web page to present their research information including drawings or photos.
Each team will assign production roles and tasks such as:
Writers - Compile the information and write text for the PowerPoint presentation
Designers - Design a storyboard or rough sketch of the PowerPoint presentation
Graphic Artists - Design the graphics for the PowerPoint presentation
Students will evaluate peers' presentaitons.
Visual Learning Using Inspiration®
Describes how concept maps and story webs assist students in visually structuring ideas and relationships between concepts and visual brainstorming tools for developing writing plans and problem solving.
Electronic Graphic Organizers: Are They for You?
The templates under the categories Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Teacher Planning, and Thinking Tools include bubble diagrams, tree maps, flow maps, Venn diagrams, and other structures for students to use when organizing information into an outline or concept map.
Creating Presentation and Teaching Materials with PowerPoint
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