The fourth grade class has been watching videos about Edith Kaphuka, a 13-year-old student at Domasi Mission Primary School in Zomba District, Malawi (Global Lives Project shoot in 2007). They have taken notes about how their lives are similar and different than Edith's and written an essay. They will be making a magazine showing what they've learned.
Each student has a Malawi PowerPoint Template in their personal folder. They should create a presentation with two slides. One with a title and two photos and another with their essay. They should add a photo of Edith (from flickr) and a photo of themselves (from the computer).
Students will have two applications open simultaneously - Google Earth and Microsoft PowerPoint. They will use a predefined PowerPoint template for the project. They will be given a worksheet with a list of locations in Africa and use Google Earth to explore the different locations. They will select their favorite photos and copy them to PowerPoint. They must create a slide for each location. The title of each slide should be the location. They can include up to four images. Each image must include the country where the photo is from and the name of the photographer. Once they have completed all the locations, for extra credit, they can add a good fact (from FactMonster.com) about each location at the bottom of the slide.
The students are learning how to enter data into their Excel spreadsheets and doing calculations. They took some worksheets from math class where they had to calculate mileage from a Runner's Log and the cost of School Supplies and used Excel to verify their answers. They practiced entering data, changing the data type to $, use the Sum function, enter calculations, and format a table.
The students were given a spreadsheet with each state, the population, and total size. They were asked to sort the data and answer a series of questions such as:
Then they were asked to enter data about their country into the spreadsheet (they were assigned a country in geography class). They had to sort the data to answer questions such as:
Arcademics Skill Builders is having a multiplication contest on Thursday and Friday of this week. Students can login and compete with kids around the world. The contest starts on Thursday Feb 27th at 8a EST and end on Friday Feb 28th at 12:59p. Contact your teacher if you need your login information. Good luck!