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After some hotter than summer days, we are back to more normal weather. However, people living from the midwest United States to the east are dealing with FREEZING weather. Can you even imagine having to:

  • Scrape ice off your car windshield every morning
  • Dig your car out from under several feel of snow every morning
  • Having busses not running because there’s too much snow on the road
  • Getting dressed every day with hat, boots, mittens, scarf, and jacket
  • Not losing your hat, boots, mittens, scarf and jacket at school
  • Having your pipes freeze, then burst at home so you’re without water!
  • Being stuck in your house since it’s not safe to go out.
  • Trying to avoid having icicles fall on you.
  • Trying not to slip and break a bone as you walk on icy sidewalks
  • Shoveling snow off your roof so your roof doesn’t collapse!

We are spoiled!


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Pick one of these topics to find out some info and photos about. Create a new PowerPoint, and show us some of what people are dealing with!

Here are some places to look, or just Google “Snowmageddon 2015”

17 Photos of U.S. Record Breaking Snow

Snow & Ice Photos from Weather.com

What Record-Breaking Snow Really Looks Like

Unreal Photos of New England Buried in Snow

3 Key Facts Presentation

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The objective of the presentation you will create is to pick a topic, and tell us three key facts to help unlock the topic for your classmates.

These facts should be:

  • Demonstrated visually (get us at least 3 gorgeous images per fact)
  • Facts that are new insights for us – surprise us!
  • Documented: where did you find your information and images?

Here are some resources to look through if you need ideas for your “Three Key” presentations. If you already know what your topic is, go to Google and find your three key facts.

1) How Stuff Works

2) Wonderopolis

3) Live Science

4) National Geographic Kids

5) The Kids Should See This

If you have finished…

1) Have someone else check your presentation for: large images, URLs, easy-to-read text and animation effects.

2) Save and close your presentation.

3) Go to Edmodo and turn it in.

4) Take your choice from the extra activities below:

a) Today is the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Explore the September 11 Memorial Website.

b) Pick a story from Big Picture – Boston Globe and use 3 images from one of the stories…put effects on the images in PowerPoint.

c) Take today’s New York Times News Quiz. Go to Edmodo and let me know how you did-create a post and send it to me.

01 :: ROBOT :: 01
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We are working on PowerPoint projects

Using an idea I borrowed from Mrs. Vicki Davis, we are in the process of having pairs teach us parts of the PowerPoint menu. Then we will apply all the skills we learned to create a quick, visual PowerPoint presentation.

This picture is NOT an example of a VISUAL presentation:

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Too much text! Use images to make your point!!

In the Visual PowerPoint, we are targeting a Common Core Speaking & Listening standard:

Present claims and findings emphasizing salient (most important) points in a focused, coherent (logical) manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

The objective:

Create a PowerPoint with visual impact using text, images and animation effects to present your interviews and your own opinion.

Choose from these topics:

  • A dream vacation
  • Favorite music, musician, or band
  • September 11, 2001 remembrance (since you were maybe 1 year old at the time)
  • World Series predictions

Use images with impact to show us what you learned from the people you interviewed. Also include your opinion on your topic. This should be a 4 slide presentation: Title slide, Person 1, Person 2, Yourself.

Choose photos with IMPACT!

Sunset before the storm
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First Post Directions

Download the directions by clicking on this link:   Your First Post Instructions – Click!  

If you don’t see anything, go Window to Downloads and you’ll see it (Safari).

Just double click the PowerPoint icon.  I don’t think you need to save it in your server.

Your writing choices are:

  1. Top 10 Dream Jobs – link for ideas:  http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/gallery/dreamjobs/
  2. Top 10 Vacation Spots
  3. To 10 people you would like to meet


I always thought it would be fun to be a photographer!

Image link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilsingapore/4782491192/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Your Visual PowerPoint Presentation

If you need ideas for your visual PowerPoint, here are some links.

Not sure what topic you want? Browse at The Boston Globe’s site:

Big Picture – click the title of what you’re interested in and you’ll get more images plus facts in the captions.


ARKive or Animals from National Geographic


NASA or Space from National Geographic

Global Warming:

NYTimes (scroll down for different articles about this topic)


If you need more ideas or help, please ask!


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