Cycle Slideshow - Water, Life, Etc.

Cycle Slideshow - Water, Life, Etc.
Science (or other)
Time Frame:
1-2 Class periods
After learning about a cycle such as the water cycle or insect life cycle, students will create a slideshow demonstrating their understanding. The slideshows will then be posted to a site where their classmates can comment on their project.
  1. Prior knowledge - Class should already have completed lessons on the cycle.
  2. In groups of 2-4, students decide who will draft the picture and text for each stage of the cycle.
  3. Individually, on 5x8 index cards (or paper), students draw a picture that accurately represents ttheir stage of the cycle. On the back of the card students draft what will be said when that image is shown in the slideshow.
    • Alternatively, students could search Creative Commons for images to represent their stage.
  4. Expert Groups - Students get together in small groups with the same stage and compare cards. Students can revise their draft drawing or text at this stage.
  5. Back in their original groups students check each others' cards for grammar and spelling (if the text will be shown)
  6. Individually, students create their final drawing on another index card or using a drawing app (Paint, Kid Pix, Tux, Doodle Buddy, etc.). This could be done as homework.
  7. In small groups, students take photos of their drawings. You might want to have a mini lesson on the macro option for cameras and how to take straight photos.
  8. If necessary, import photos (to iPhoto, H: drive, etc.).
  9. In small groups, add photos to slideshow application (GarageBand, Photostory, PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.).
  10. In small groups, add voice overs (or text) in slideshow application.
  11. Save slideshow for later editing.
  12. Export finished slideshow draft in a format that can be loaded on a wiki, blog, or Moodle.
  13. In small groups, upload draft slideshow to wiki, blog, Moodle etc.
  14. In pairs, watch other groups' slideshows. Provide a comment/reply to at least 2 other groups offering specific feedback on what you liked or what they could improve.
  15. In small groups, using what you learned/saw from the other groups and the comments received, rrevise and repost a finished slideshow.
  16. Projects will be linked to students' portfolios.
  • GLCE's
    • Water Cycle - add
  • enGauge
    • collaboration (in person and online)
    • multimodal representation
  • Students will receive formative feedback in their expert groups and their project groups. They will also receive formative feedback from the online discussions.
  • Final projects will be assessed for their accuracy to the cycle, their use of the technology, and their teamwork
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


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