3rd graders have been learning about the water cycle in science classes. They are just starting to use Google Slides and Google Classroom, so I assigned a project to create an animated slideshow showing what they’ve learned. First we reviewed the phases of the water cycle by visiting the Earthguide animated, interactive illustration website. I then modeled how to create an animated slide of their own in Google Slides. Click here to see the steps that I followed. Both of these links were attached to the assignment in Google Classroom so the students would be able to refer back to them if they needed to. Also in Classroom I attached a blank Google Slide to the assignment and selected “make a copy for each student” so they’d each have a file to work on. Students then followed the same steps to create their own presentation. Click here for Student A sample. Click here for Student B sample.
6th graders have been researching countries with regard to the five themes of geography, and took notes in a packet of information using online databases, websites and books. We decided that they should each create a website for their country as a way to share their knowledge. They used the new Google Sites to create a main site with five or six additional pages. The pages included information about the country’s culture, government, education, land, transportation, etc. In the Google Classroom assignment I attached the packet that the students used for their research notes and a handout on how to use Google Sites. Click here for the Sites Cheat Sheet that we used. Once the website was published, each student marked their country on a world map with a virtual pushpin in Google Drawings. The pushpin image was hyperlinked to their website. When the Google Drawing was downloaded as a pdf file, it could be shared and posted with active links to each country’s website.
Students have been learning about the features of non-fiction text and they have been researching animals. This was a great opportunity to have them share their learning by creating slideshows and share them with the class. Each student created their own Google Slideshow including at least one slide. They added at least one picture of the animal that they’ve researched and they were asked to add a caption and a headline. The students are learning to log into their own Google accounts on their Chromebooks, so we could use Google Classroom to create the assignment. The teacher added the assignment to her Classroom and included a template slide for the students to work on. When they opened the assignment the copy of the document was ready for them to edit. As the students finished, they clicked “Turn In” and the teacher was able to combine all of the slides into one large presentation. For more details about this project, click here. Here are some student samples: Student A, Student B, Student C