Earth's Changes--Creating a Multimedia Presentation part 3

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SWBAT create a media presentation about information learned.

Big Idea

We have organized our notes and information about the quick and slow changes of the Earth. Now it's time to create our very own presentations to share our information!

Teacher Notes

Activity Description

This is one of the culminating events for the unit on Earth's changes.  In other lessons, the children have learned all about events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and mountain formation.  They have learned how those events change the Earth either quickly, slowly or both.  Then in the previous lesson, they organized their learning about these events in a graphic organizer to prepare them for creating a presentation. 

In this series of 3 lessons, the children will use the information about Earth's changes (plus other content learned in this unit), to help them collaboratively work with a partner to create a presentation about quick and slow changes of the Earth.  But before the children create this presentation, they fill out a planning sheet.  In the first lesson, they write an introduction and conclusion.  In this second lesson, the children recall information and supplement it with more information to distinguish if the Earth change is quick or slow.  Then they write how the event changed the land and other interesting information.  In this final lesson, the children will take their information from a graphic organizer and use it to create a Google Slide presentation (or a Power Point).

Note:  The time needed for your children to create their presentation will greatly vary according to your students' abilities and your access to technology.  Since we do not have one-to-one devices, I am limited to using the computer lab.  It took the children 2-3 thirty minute time slots to complete their presentations.

NGSS/Common Core Connections

By creating and presenting this project about Earth's quick and slow changes, the children are practicing many of the standards of both the NGSS and the Common Core.  First of all, in their research that the have done, they have used information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events occur are quickly or slowly.  This is also part of the cross-cutting of stability and change.  They have also learned how wind and water shape the land through erosion.  During the writing process for this presentation, they also were obtaining, evaluating and will currently be communicating that information.  This project is a shared research project in which they work with partners to write a presentation that included an introduction, main points and a conclusion.  With guidance from adults, they will use a digital tool (Google Slides) to produce a presentation to share with others.


    1. title page where the children input their names
    2. introduction 
    3. "Slow Change" subtitle page
    4. pages for glaciers, mountain formation
    5. "Quick Changes" subtitle page
    6. pages for volcanoes and earthquakes
    7. "Quick and Slow Changes" subtitle page
    8. 1 blank customizable page 
    9. Conclusion  

Note:  If more pages are needed in any of the areas, right click add then choose new slide.


In advance, I make sure that the children can each access the Google Slide template.  I am able to do this by sharing the file with their account.  It's easy to do, but make sure you do this step!





5 minutes

The kiddos have been waiting for this day.  It doesn't take much to get them into the lesson, but they do need some focus.  I pull up the Google Slide presentation so they can all see what I am talking about.  I chose to keep the class in our room for this part since I want the children all facing me, undistracted and listening to the background knowledge that they will need before creating their own presentation.

Today you are going to have an opportunity to create your Google Slide presentation.  You will be using all of the information that you have gathered on your organizational planner.  You have done all of the difficult thinking, now you just need to copy your notes to make the presentation.  In order to do this, you will need a "start."  So I have made a template for you to use.  Let's take a look at that template.

I want them to become familiar with the template and how to use it.  I know I will be going over parts of this again to emphasize points once we get to the computer lab, but I still feel it is beneficial to do it at this time.



10 minutes

We all take a look at the template.  I go over each part and show them how to enter text.  I also show them how to right click to add a new page.  If your class is able, you can also show them how to make changes to the background, but I chose not to at this time.

Then I model how to create a page.  I use one of the children's organizational planners for an example.

I see that Sarah and Jessie have written fantastic notes about Earth's changes.  I am going to show you the steps that they would use to create their presentation.  Since they have been working together as a team, they are also going to also be collaborating on creating this presentation.  So they will have to divide the work between the two of them.  A really nice way to do this is to have 1 person be in charge of the first 2 pages and the other person be in charge of the last two pages.  But they will have to decide how they would like to divide the work up.

This project is great for collaboration.  Not only did they collaborate on researching and writing, but now they will have to work together to create this presentation.  

After they have done that, now they will each have to enter their information that is on the organizer.  Since Sarah is in charge of the first two pages, she would enter each of the names on the title slide.   She should include both their first and last names.

Then Sarah would start with the introduction.  She would write the information as she has it on her paper on the introduction page.  She would keyboard in each of the sentences that she already has on her paper--remember, you have already done the hard work, now you just have to copy down your ideas.

I know this sounds like a "no-brainer,"  but each time we do a project like this, some kids don't get the idea that you are using the ideas that you have already thought of.  So it is worth a reminder.

I keyboard in the information for the introduction so the children can see how it is done.  It's just a few sentences, so it doesn't take long.  Then I show the children how to continue through a few slides.  I continue until I think they have the idea of how it is done.


60 minutes

You might need several sessions for the children to complete their keyboarding.  It all depends on their experience with keyboarding and creating presentations, in general.

 When I need the whole class to use computers, I go down to our school's computer lab.  So we all reconvene there.  In our lab, each child has an assigned seat, so if it take multiple days to complete, they will be working on the same computer.  They log on the computer and go to Google Drive.  From there they click on "shared with me" which is located in the upper-left side of the screen.  Then they double-click on the Google Slide presentation to open it up.  Once open, they can start keyboarding their information.

Once most of the children have completed their keyboarding, I introduce how to add photos into their presentation.  I didn't show them at the beginning, since they had so much on their minds that they would have forgotten it anyways.  Now that it is relevant, they will listen and learn more effectively.

We will also be adding photos to your presentation.  So AFTER you have entered all of your text, you can search for photos.  Here is a cartoon that will show you how to enter photographs.

I show the students how to add photos to their presentations by showing them a tutorial cartoon.


On the following day, after the children have created their presentations, they take turns sharing their work.  It is great to see how proud they are for what they have accomplished!  Click here to see a sample (note: I saved it as a PDF in order to keep their work secure).