by Janna Jensen
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
200 minutes (approximately 5 class periods)
Students will use the Internet to find appropriate images to reflect tasks typically accomplished during a specific month. Students will need access to a device with PowerPoint to create calendar.
This lesson plan allows students to explore agricultural subjects of interest to create an informational calendar. Students are to pick a field in agricultural and create a calendar outlining the big tasks performed each month. At the end of the project, students perform a self-assessment.
NOTE: While this assignment focuses on agriculture, it could be modified for any subject – science, social studies, literature, and, certainly, art.
Don’t have PowerPoint but you use Google Slides? Check out this lesson.
Introduce Assignment to Students
In this assignment, you will be creating a personalized calendar using PowerPoint. Your calendar must consist of a minimum of 13 pages an include the following:
- A title slide with introduction of the topic.
- A page for each month with:
- An image related to your topic
- Text explaining the image and its relationship to the topic.
See the Agriculture Calendar for an example.
Video or Presentation on Creating Calendar with PowerPoint
Students can watch the video above, which has only music, no voice over, so it will be usable even if your students don’t have headphones or your computers don’t have speakers. It is also a good review if students are learning at home or need an extra reminder.
Make a personalized gift
I laminate each page in the calendar and bind the pages for a personalized gift from students to parents or other special people in their lives. If you have limited funds, you can just laminate the first and last page for durability, or skip lamination altogether if you don’t have a laminator.
If you don’t have a binding machine, you can just use a 3-hole punch and twist ties from cables or bags of bread. Ask the lunchroom staff to save some for you.
Students perform a self-assessment shown below.
State Standards: North Dakota
K-5.IAI.9 Organize information using technology and other tools.
TE.K-5.MTL.11 Use technology to gather and share information with a variety of audiences in ways that others can view, use, and assess.