Lesson Plan

Rainforest Animal Google Slide Presentation

Students will create a digital presentation via Google presentations
Mary B.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, United States
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning

Students will be able to synthesize and summarize their thinking of an Amazon Rainforest Animal by creating a digital presentation through Google slide presentations, Chatterpix and Paper 53 that demonstrates their learning and understanding.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
English Language Learning
Grades 2 – 3
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Reading

The teacher will introduce the lesson/project by reading the story, The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry. The teacher will read the story, stopping periodically to check for understanding. The teacher will have the students write on their sticky notes the names of the different animals that the main character encounters in the story. The students will also write down the big ideas of the story. The teacher will ask the students to jot down any questions they might have had as they were reading the story.

Next, the teacher will show a slide show that she created in iPhoto. The slide show will include all of the rain forest animals that were in The Great Kapok Tree plus a wide variety of other rain forest animals. The students will each choose one rain forest animal that he will research and create a Google presentation for.

The teacher will have a multitude of books for each rain forest animal chosen so that the students can research information about their rain forest animals. She will also demonstrate how to search information from various websites such as National Geographic Kids and Pebble Go. The teacher will create a tree map that demonstrates the different headings that must be included in their topic. The headings and information must include facts about body features, habitat-including the layer of the rain forest where the animal resides, diet, protection, babies and other interesting facts. 


Student Instructions

The students will gather on the floor with a clipboard, sticky notes & a pencil.

The students will have a couple of days to do research and compile information on their rain forest animal. As the students research their rain forest animal, they will need to find at least one fact for the different tree map categories.


2 Direct Instruction

The teacher will demonstrate the steps to create a Google Slides presentation. She will instruct the students how to login to their Google Docs account and choose the Google slides icon in order to create the presentation. The teacher will show how to choose a background, layout, text boxes and insert photos. The teacher will explain that all presentations created in Google presentations save automatically. The teacher will demonstrate how to toggle back and forth from Google Docs to National Geographic Kids and Pebble Go. The teacher will show her example of her Google presentation on the Malayan Tapir.

Next, the teacher will model how to create illustrations of their rain forest animal on the app, Paper 53. The teacher will demonstrate how to choose the different tools and change the color.  The teacher will remind the students to save their work and to upload it to their Google docs account. She will also ask the students to upload their illustrations to their Seesaw account.

Finally, the teacher will show the students the Chatterpix app and illustrate how she wants them to create a Chatterpix that tells information about their rain forest animal. The teacher will explain that in this Chatterpix she wants them to find a picture of their animal and have the animal tell the information about himself. She will show her example of her Chatterpix of the Malayan Tapir.

The teacher will explain that she wants the students to create their Google slides presentation first. Once the slide presentation is close to being finished, she will allow the students to work on their illustration from Paper 53 and their Chatterpix. 



Student Instructions

The students will need the chrome books for creating the Google slide presentation. They will need their iPads for working on Paper 53 and Chatterpix.

3 Guided Practice

The students will begin working on and creating their Google slides presentation. If the students have questions, they will refer to the visual aid of the different steps that the teacher created to assist the students. As the students are working, the teacher walks around and confers with students about their projects. The teacher will remind students as they are required to spell their rain forest animal correctly, as well as, the rain forest layer in which the animal resides. The Google slides presentation is the project that will take the longest to complete. It is also the digital platform that is unfamiliar to the students so the teacher wants the students to work on this first.

The students have created several illustrations on Paper 53 and other Chatterpix so she knows that the students will move through those activities easily.

4 Independent Practice

The students will continue working on their Google slides presentation. Now that the students have been working on the project for at least one day, different students become experts in how to change the layout, background, etc. Those students can assist the teacher in showing other students how to do some of those tasks if they are having difficulty. 

As students finish their Google slide presentation, the teacher stops the class and models what to do next. She instructs the students to get their iPads and open the Paper 53 app. She tells the students that she wants them to create an illustration of their rain forest animal. She informs the students that in their illustration, she would like for them to include labels about important body features their animal might have. She reminds the students that they need to save their illustrations and upload it to their Google docs account and to their Seesaw portfolio. The teacher releases the students to work on their illustrations in Paper 53. 

Finally, the teacher stops the students to demonstrate what she wants them to do in the Chatterpix app. The students will find a photo in either a Google search or from pictures the teacher has put into iPhoto. The teacher will remind the students that they are to include some important information they learned about their rain forest animal. Once again, the teacher reminds the students to save their work & to upload it to Google Docs and Seesaw.

The teacher releases the students to work independently to finish their illustration on Paper 53 and their Chatterpix. 

When most students are finished, the teacher will gather the students again to demonstrate how to insert their illustration from Paper 53 and their Chatterpix into their Google slide presentation.

Finally, the teacher instructs the students to "share" their Google presentation with her. She demonstrates how to do this and asks that the students follow along on their chrome books.


Student Instructions

The students will need their iPads to create their Paper 53 illustration and Chatterpix. They will need their chrome books to work on and finish their Google slide presentation.

5 Wrap Up

The day has come for our rain forest animal presentations. Each student will present their Google slide presentation to the class. The oral presentation is the culmination of the rain forest animal projects. The Google slide presentation will be graded based on the rubric that was given to each student at the beginning of this project.