K-1 Lesson of the Month: Class PowerPoint about a vacation spot
Objective: The class will participate in a shared writing and technology project to increase their knowledge and inspire informative writing. (whole class format)
Materials: computer, PowerPoint, projector/Smartboard, internet
- Have students vote on a vacation spot. Use internet links to show them different places they could visit. (African safari, hiking in the mountains, beach, camping, etc.)
- Once the place has been chosen, do some research about your spot, save images, and record findings.
- Review the SIMPLIFIED EXPOSITORY PILLAR and on the whiteboard have the class help you create a framework for your presentation.
Fact: ______is along the ocean___
Fact: ______has sand and waves________
Fact: _____riding the waves on a boogie board____
Fact: ______you can build a sand castle_________
Author’s purpose: _____to inform____
- Through teacher questioning and student input, create a word referent chart for your destination. (ex: beach: tropical oasis, sandy paradise)
- Have students help you write an introduction sentence. Be sure to use sentence starters.
- Who doesn’t dream of __________?
- There is no doubt ________ is an amazing place to visit.
- Enjoy your dream vacation by visiting _________.
- Encourage students to contribute in creating factual sentences:
- My ______ trip wouldn’t be complete without _____.
- On a sunny day, ____________.
- Unforgettable vacations always include _________.
- Prepare for your get-away by ________.
- You find that ________.
- Ask productive questions to inspire students to contribute to a brief conclusion.
- For the PowerPoint, show students how to create a slide for a title page, introduction, fact(s), conclusion. Include images on each slide.
*This could also be a great “writing buddy” project. If you’ve paired up with an intermediate grade, have buddies work together to create a PowerPoint presentation.