Severe Weather Keynote

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
EL. 02.RE.23
Lesson Plan Details
2 Class Periods
Students will learn about severe weather conditions while creating a keynote presentation using an iPad.
"Super Storms" by Seymour Simon, iPad, internet browser, Keynote App, QR Code Reader App, QR Codes for Internet Sites, QR Codes for Images

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

- make sure that each student has the Keynote App, access to the internet and a QR Code Reader App on their iPad.  

- do an introductory Keynote lesson teaching students the basics of Keynote (template choices, adding a slide, changing font/size, rearranging slides, transitions & builds, etc.). 

- make copies of the QR Codes.


In this lesson, the teacher will...

1.  Brainstorm a list of different weather conditions (use Popplet App if available) with students.

2.  Read aloud the book "Super Storms" by Seymour Simon.  

3.  Tell students that they will be creating a Keynote slideshow that explains each severe weather condition to  teach their buddy class.

4.  Have students open the Keynote App on their iPads and click on "Create Presentation".  Then students will need to choose a theme.

5.  Create the title page together with his/her students.  Students need to include a title and who it is created by.  Title Ideas:  Severe Storms or Wild Weather. (Students will add the photo later)

6.  Have students add a slide.  The slide should include, a title, a text box and a picture box.  Next, have students type "Thunderstorms" as the title.  Then, have students brainstorm facts about thunderstorms.  Add these facts in the text box.  ( i.e. heavy rain showers, lightning bolts can shoot between the clouds and the ground, thunder is the sound lightning makes as it heats the air, lightning can cause forest fires)

7.  Explain to students that they will be adding 4 more slides.  A Hail Storms slide, a Tornadoes slide, a Hurricanes slide and one of their choosing.  To complete the slides, they will use the information they learned from the book "Super Storms".  Students need to include at least 3 facts on each slide.  Share the "Severe Weather Keynote Rubric" with students.

8.  For the last slide, students can choose another severe weather condition that they are interested in learning more about.  Ask students to share possible ideas (blizzard, monsoon, sandstorm, cyclone, etc.).  They will then need to research this weather condition using the QR Codes to locate facts.  Then, they will create their last slide.

9.  Next students will add pictures to all of the above mentioned slides.  Show students how to do this.  First, they need to find an image for the title page and each weather condition using the image QR codes.  Then, they need to save the images to their camera roll.  Once this is done they can tap on the "+" in the picture box and tap the appropriate photo.

10.  Have students add a slide for references/resources.

11.  Optional:  Students can go to the Keynote Tools and add in transitions and builds to their slides.

12.  Have students share their finished Keynote presentations with their classmates and their buddy class.


See attached rubric.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
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