Grade 2

See What I Learned

Empowered Learner


Students will demonstrate learning by designing a slide using a collaborative presentation tool, such as Google Slides. Students may choose to use words, images, GIFS, or a combination of these in order to showcase their understanding of a given topic.

Students will:

  • Be able to use technology to demonstrate learning.
  • Be able to select the best way to demonstrate their learning.
  • Be able to use a collaborative presentation tool.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Present: To present is to show or demonstrate something for someone.

  2. Demonstrate: To demonstrate is to give an explanation of something you know about, such as a skill, hobby, etc.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Teacher will need to have a working knowledge of the collaborative presentation tool that students will be expected to use.
  • View the tutorials if needed. 
  • Teacher will need to create and share a Google Slides presentation (or another collaborative presentation tool), ensuring that there are enough blank slides created for each student to have his/her own slide to design.
  • Teacher will determine a lesson wherein students will be able to demonstrate mastery through the creation of slide within a collaborative presentation tool. Please note that this activity will work with most lessons, but is not a good fit for answering questions that have identical answers (e.g., specific answers to math problems)
  • Students must have a basic knowledge of how to use the collaborative presentation tool. This may require direct instruction and/or practice time for students to insert text-boxes, alter text, and insert images into their slides.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. After a given lesson or activity, students will be assigned a specific slide within an online collaborative presentation tool. (The teacher creates the slide presentation ahead of time to share with the students.)

  2. The students will determine the best way to showcase their knowledge on a given topic and design a slide that demonstrates their overall understanding. The students may use words, images, graphics, GIFs or a combination of these in order to clearly illustrate understanding/mastery of a given topic.

  3. Each student will have the opportunity to share and explain their slide and how it showcases his/her understanding.

  4. The teacher will facilitate a discussion wherein students discuss similarities and differences between the slides.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • An observation checklist may be used to assess students:
    • I can demonstrate my understanding using a Google Slides
    • I can effectively explain my thinking to my classmates.
  • Slides demonstrating understanding may be used to assess mastery. These slides may be used as an exit ticket (or formative assessment), as well.

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

Empowered Learner 
1c. Students will use technology to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Google Slides

Google Slides Tutorials

Microsoft Office PowerPoint Live

  • 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.2.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

  • Students may demonstrate their understanding of a given math problem by explaining the way in which they solved the problem.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.9 Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.1

Community - Students may demonstrate their understanding of the community around them by presenting information about different landmarks, transportation options, community parks, etc.

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