Grade Level

5th Grade/ Language Arts

Current Project

Talk to a Topic

Current Learning Standards Addressed

Reading/Language Arts
RLA.O.5.2.04 use the five-step writing process to write for a specific purpose and for an intended audience (e.g., creative, narrative, informative, journal, friendly letter, business letter).

RLA.O.5.3.01.c exhibit effective oral communication skills (e.g., rate, audience, etiquette, standard English) through the presentation of personal narratives

RLA.O.5.3.04 create an age-appropriate media product that demonstrates format, purpose, and audience.

Learning Skills and Technology Tools
21C.O.5-8.1.LS3 Student presents thoughts, ideas, and conceptual understanding efficiently, accurately and in a compelling manner and enhances the oral or written presentation through the use of technology.

21C.O.5-8.1.TT.3 Student recognizes different file format extensions (e.g., .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rft, .pdf, .jpeg, .gif, .mpg, .wav, .mp3) and can import the different formats into documents, presentations, spreadsheets and databases.

21C.O.5-8.1.TT.7 Student uses advanced features and utilities of presentation software (e.g., design templates, design layouts (fonts/ colors/ backgrounds) animation and graphics, inserting pictures, objects, movies, sound, charts, hyperlinks, and graphs) to create an original product.

Summary of Current Lesson

Students will create a one minute talk to present their thoughts and ideas on a topic.

Analysis of indicators of Engaged Learning in Current Lesson (strengths and opportunities for improvement).

Indicator Strengths:The project does cover standards-based content. It is multi-disciplinary in the sense that it covers art, technology, reading/language arts and depending on the content it could cover other areas as well. It provides students with feedback on performance throughout the entire learning process with the use of the rubric.

Opportunities for Improvement: The lesson needs to be more authentic and student driven. The audience is narrow in the sense that the presentation is only given to the classroom students. It does not provide an opportunity for video/audio production or to present to other audiences. The student role is limited as well. The lesson needs to encourage students to be explorers, teachers, and producers.

Summary of Technology Uses in Current Lesson

The students are asked to create one PowerPoint slide with bullet points and a picture. The graphic design and fonts must reflect the tone of the presentation.




NEW Adaptation Title

Fifth Grade User Guide

Learning Standards Added (if any)

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Summary of Your Adaptation

As a class, the students will need to plan the areas of focus on how to be a successful fifth grade student. Then, students/pairs pick a topic to present. Each student/pair with then create a slide with bullet points and a picture ( a collage or video) related to their topic. The class with then bring their slides together to create one presentation representing all of the class' ideas.
After the project is complete, the students will then present their finished product to the fourth grade students at their school. The presentation will also be recorded and published on the school website (and/or others) and archived for future generations of fourth grade students.

How you strengthened the use of technology and the Indicators of Engaged Learning

Technology was enhanced by allowing the students the freedom to chose their own method of presenting their project (they are not restricted to PowerPoint). The students could use digital cameras and video cameras to record their suggestions. Then, they will mash their media together and create/upload their presentation to a website.
Engagement was improved by the having the topic being more relevant to the students. Also, the lesson is student-directed and also allows the students freedom of choice in the type of media they chose to create their presentation. The lesson is also more collaborative in the sense that students now are able to work in partner and they must collaborate with their entire class to complete a finished product.