Creating a Prezi about Wangari Maathai with 3rd Graders

This week we are completing the instruction activity begun last week, which incorporates science standards, ELA standards (summarizing), and technology standards (creating a Prezi). The 3rd grade classes last week practiced summarizing what they had read about Wangari Muta Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Two students reading a Britannica Student Encyclopedia article about Wangari Maathai.

Students rereading an encyclopedia article from Britannica Student about Wangari Maathai and writing a sentence on an index card along with 5 summarizing words

I copied their index cards (see blog entry from October 20th) and gave them to the teachers so that they could help the students edit their sentences.

Organizing a Paragraph

When the students returned to the library media center this week, each one had a copy of their sentence in their hand.  We talked about what a topic sentence is and what it should do for the reader.  I asked if anyone thought they had a good opening sentence and we proceeded to put all of their sentences in order to form a paragraph.  Some sentences were very similar and we combined them.

Creating a Prezi

I showed them a completed Prezi and then we created one together.  I went through the steps of choosing a template and entering their first sentence.  I have a projector and a large screen so that the students could follow along.  After the first frame the students started checking out books and I instructed the students to come over and watch me after they had checked out. I had students watching over my shoulder and I had them tell me what to click and what steps to do next.

Students watching library media specialist enter their sentences into Prezi

Students watched me enter their sentences into the class Prezi about Maathai.

I had collected photos of Maathai using Creative Commons and saved them to a folder.  I told the students about why we were using these photos and the rights that authors and photographers have.

The 3rd grade students will be creating their own Prezis later this year, so this was their first introduction to this technology.

Here is link to one of the Prezis: Wangari Muta Maathai Mrs. Orme’s 3rd Grade

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One response to “Creating a Prezi about Wangari Maathai with 3rd Graders

  1. Prezi is soo cool! I just learned about it last year! 🙂 So cool. Wish I had more imagination though sometimes.

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