Grade 2

Presenting the Presentation

Creative Communicator
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Students will design an effective presentation on which to share key information regarding a given topic or subject. Care will be taken to ensure that the presentation is visually appealing and contains a variety of images, graphics, and text. Students will be assessed on both the content and the visual appeal of the presentation.

Students will:

  • Understand the features and attributes of effective presentations.
  • Be able to design a presentation that is visually appealing.
  • Be able to create a presentation that showcases key information.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Font: Font is a design for a specific type of letters.

  2. Graphics: Graphics are illustrations or designs.

  3. Slide: A slide is an individual canvas within a presentation.

  4. Slide Deck: A slide deck is a collection of slides within a presentation.

  5. Template: A template is a pattern that can be adapted and used and on which you may build your presentation.

  6. Visually Appealing: If something is visually appealing it is pleasing to look at.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher will need to have a working knowledge of effective presentation techniques. Consider exploring the resources for Powerful Presentations available from 21 Things 4 Students. 

  • The teacher will need to determine which presentation tool the students will use for this assignment (ex: PowerPoint, Google Slides, Office)

  • Watch the Google Slides 2023 Tips | How to Create & Edit Slides for Beginners video.

  • Watch the Google Slides for Students video. 

  • Create a template for the students and share it with them. If you have Google Classroom, it will make a copy for each student when you assign them their assignment. 

  • See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 
  • The teacher may design and share a template with children who need additional support.

Directions for this activity:

  1. After learning about and/or researching a given topic (e.g.; animals, plants, important individuals, etc.), students will be asked to showcase the information learned within a presentation.

  2. Students will receive direct instruction regarding effective presentation techniques.

  3. Students will create a presentation consisting of three-five slides.

  4. Students will share their presentations with the class.

  5. The class will provide feedback regarding what made the presentation visually appealing.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations

  • Check for understanding

  • Presentations will be assessed using the following checklist:

    • I have a title slide that has my name and topic clearly displayed.

    • I have created a presentation that has at least three slides.

    • My presentation is visually appealing (color and or template).

    • All the words on my slides are easy to read.

    • I used pictures and graphics that make sense given my topic.

    • I included important information about my topic.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Google Slides, PowerPoint, Prezi

Google Slides for Students

Google Slides 2023 Tips | How to Create & Edit Slides for Beginners

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

  • Create a slide presentation on famous artists, paintings etc. 

  • Create a slide presentation on favorite music, hobby, sport, etc. 

Students may focus on a topic covered within the Science curriculum when creating their presentation.

Students may focus on a topic covered within the Social Studies curriculum when creating their presentation.

This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools. February 2018. Updated October 2023.