Natural Disasters Projects

This term, all Grade Four students at Leopold Primary School have been studying the topic, Natural Disasters.

Over the past couple of weeks, the students have been busy working on a Dynamic Assessment Task (D.A.T). This is a special project which demonstrates what students have learnt in a fun and interesting way.

4KM and 4KJ’s D.A.T consisted of four tasks:

1. Creating an an informative PowerPoint presentation (with a partner) about a specific natural disaster.

2. Making a model at home to represent their chosen natural disaster.

3. Presenting their PowerPoint and model to the class.

4. Sharing their projects with all other Grade Four students in our Natural Disasters Expo.

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Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan worked with the students to make some PowerPoint tips. Here are some of our recommendations when creating a PowerPoint:

* Dot points to show key facts or information are better than large paragraphs. As teacher, Silvia Tolisano says, the “audience is there to listen to you, not to read your slides”.

* Pictures tell a thousand words. Use images to make your presentation interesting and memorable.

* Text should be easy to read and backgrounds should be simple.

* Include a slide of references to show where you got your information from.

* When using images or pictures, use Creative Commons images and include an attributions slide to show where the pictures came from.

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The students all did a fabulous job creating PowerPoint presentations. Here are four examples for you to read and enjoy.

 

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan were so impressed with the effort the students put in at home with their models. Look at all of the wonderful creations!


 

What did you think of our projects?

Have you ever completed a special project?

Do you have any tips for using PowerPoint?

Dynamic Assessment Task

Last week 4KM and 4KJ students worked hard on their Dynamic Assessment Task (DAT).

At the end of each major topic, students at Leopold Primary School complete a DAT, which is a special project. The DAT demonstrates the students’ knowledge and celebrates what they have learnt.

Our first topic for the year was Australian Symbols and Icons. Throughout the term, we learnt about Australian states and territories, our state flags and floral emblems, the national Coat of Arms, popular landmarks, typical Australian food and slang, and famous Australian people throughout history. You can read about our topic here and here.

To successfully complete the DAT, students had to:

1. Pair up with someone in the class and decide what to research. They could choose an Australian state, landmark, place, animal or person to study.

2. Complete research at home prior to the task.

3. Write the research in their own words.

4. Create a PowerPoint presentation to share their information, using headings, images, borders and backgrounds.

5. Present the PowerPoint to the class.

6. Complete peer assessments on each of the presentations.

Everyone did a terrific job with the DAT and Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris were impressed with the final results! Here are four of the PowerPoint presentations for you to read and enjoy.

 

What did you think of the presentations?

What is your favourite Australian icon or emblem?

What would you choose to research if you had to complete this task?