Post written by Nico
Photographs by Kinsley and Abby
Today we all are working together to edit and revise our Iron Chefs. If you read one of our other posts, we were working with a group to learn about certain Native American tribes. I had the Iroquois as my tribe and we were working on our Iron Chefs.
So once we presented our slides, Mr. Salsich went in and added comments to our slides. For example, he would comment on a slide “This needs more detail” or “try to be sure to put it in your own words in the future” and maybe point out a question we didn't answer. So now we are editing and revising our slides.
Once we are done editing we are able to change the background and font of our slides.
What did you change and improve about your slide?
Post written by Finn M
Photographs by Hayden, Avery, Maya, and Gwendolyn
Today in class we are presenting more of last week’s Iron Chef activity, which is researching a Native American tribe and making a slide about the tribe. We worked in groups on Friday to make the slides, but we couldn’t present all of them on time. The groups are groups of 4-5 people, and they all share a slide deck, but each person only does one slide of a different topic. The tribes we are presenting are; the Iroquois, the Wampanoag, and the Powhatan. The topics we researched are; housing, farming and gathering, hunting and fishing, a child's life, leadership and decision making, and spiritual beliefs.
Last week, we completed our first round of "Booka Kucha" presentations. Booka Kucha comes from the PechaKucha format of presentations - 20 slides at exactly 20 seconds each. This format of presenting makes for fast-paced presentations, so many presenters can share their ideas. Our Booka Kucha presentations only had 4 slides, so each presentation was no longer than 1 minute and 20 seconds.
We had to design a cover slide of our independent reading book, and then one slide each for three types of conflicts the main character (the protagonist) had to face - character vs society, character vs character, and character vs self.
On each conflict slide we had to; explain the conflict, include a quote from the text that illustrated the conflict, and add an image that represented the conflict.
Then we all presented our Booka Kuchas to the whole class. Below is a slideshow of our presentations:
The other day, we did an activity in class called "Iron Chef." The idea is, like the cooking show by the same name, we had a limited number of "ingredients" and a limited amount of time to complete a specific task and then present our project to the class. Unlike the TV show where the chefs work on their own, we worked in groups of 3-5.
Our First "Iron Chef" challenge was to research and present information about different reading genres. Each group had a different genre to research using a Google Slide, and each group member had a different slide to complete. The genres we focused on were; realistic fiction, fantasy, informational, biography, and historical fiction.
We could only use the resources ("ingredients") provided, and we only had 12 minutes to complete the slides. Each slide had a "special ingredient" to add if we had time. Then, to make it even more challenging, we only had 2 minutes to prepare our presentation and exactly 20 seconds to spend on each slide!
In class, we've been working on making the "WORST PRESENTATION EVER!!!" We will be using Google Slides to collaborate and share our learning a lot this year, so it's important that we know how to use it. We will also be presenting our slides throughout the year, so we need to know how to give a good presentation so the audience understands our ideas and doesn't get bored or distracted by too many colors, fonts, or pictures.
Sometimes the best way to learn how to do something well is to first learn what not to do. That's why we made THE WORST PRESENTATION EVER!!! (The ALL CAPS and the multiple exclamation marks is an example of what not to do.) This will help us understand why the presentation "no-no's" are so ineffective, so we know what to do to avoid them. Plus, sometimes it's just plain fun to see how awful you can make something!
Here are some pictures of us working on our "terrible" presentations. (Notice how we are sharing our ideas and teaching each other how to use Google Slides.)
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