Grade 7

 My Dream Vacation 

Seventh grade students will create a PowerPoint project on their Dream Vacation.

Project Scenario:

Imagine it is the last semester of school, and summer is just around the corner.  Your parents have given you permission to plan a vacation. However, they want to see all of the details of the trip before deciding on a location.  After researching the destination, travel plans, meals, entertainment, hotels and expenses, you will create a PowerPoint presentation about the dream vacation you have planned.  Assume your audience does not know much about your chosen destination.

Strategies and Tips:

1.  The presentation should be accurate, informative, and exciting to keep your audience interested.

2.  Find graphic images that are appealing and entice your audience to really want to go to your chosen destination.

3.  Use a font that captures the atmosphere of the vacation spot featured in your presentation.  (titles only here)

4.  Set up a Working File to keep important information and images for your project.  Save file as "LName Vacation working file"

5.  Proofread your work carefully for accuracy, design, and format.

Slide Presentation

1.  S ave your PowerPoint presentation as "LName Vacation ".

2.  Set up all 8 slides first.  We will do this together as a class.

3.  Slides will be set up as follows:

  • Slide 1 - Title Slide

            - Name of vacation spot you have selected in top text box

            - Presented by, Grade and Room, Date in bottom text box (change font color to black)

            - Insert photo image of your vacation spot as a background image 

                    - first, save picture as "file name" to your folder in My Documents

                    - then, click on background outside of all textboxes, choose picture or text fill, insert from file, select image, insert

                    - photo will size to the entire background of slide

                    - the font color may need to be changed depending on the colors of your background - it must be readable!

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

  • Slide 2 - Climate of __

            - Climate of ___ in top text box

            - In bottom text box, include the average temperature during the time of year you will be visiting and the typical 

                weather conditions during the time of year you will be visiting

            - Add additional text, graphics, and/or elements that will help enhanced the content and appearance of this slide

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

  • Slide 3 - How to get to __

            - How to get to ___ in top text box

            - In bottom text box, insert a graphic image of a map of your vacation spot

            - In bottom text box, include 3-5 sentence paragraph that includes the following information:

                    - the means of transportation you will use to reach your destination

                    - the distance from Philadelphia to your destination

                    - the estimated time to reach your destination

                    - the total transportation costs to reach your destination

            - Add additional text, graphics, and/or elements that will help enhanced the content and appearance of this slide

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

  • Slide 4 - Hotels in __

            - Hotels in ___ in top text box

            - In text boxes 2 and 3, include the following information about 2 different hotels:

                    - the name of the hotel at your vacation spot

                    - the cost of the hotel per night

                    - a list of amenities available - for example: heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts etc.

            - In text boxes 2 and 3, insert a photo image of each hotel above each hotel name

  • Slide 5 - Main Attractions

            - In top text box, type the title of one main attraction you will visit

            - In bottom text box, insert a photo image of the main attraction

            - In bottom text box, include a 3-5 sentence paragraph that describes the main attraction

  • Slide 6 - Food and Dining in __

            - Food and Dining in _____ in top text box

            - Insert a 4 column by 5 column table.  Type in the headings and complete the data required for the remaining cells. 

                (Headings are:  Restaurant name, Address, Type of Food, Photo Image)

            - In bottom text box, insert a photo image of each restaurant in column 4 of the table

            - Resize the text, graphics, rows, and columns to fit proportionately on the slide

            - Shade the first row of the table to emphasize the column headings - use a contrasting color

            - Add additional text, graphics, and/or elements that will help enhanced the content and appearance of this slide

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

  • Slide 7 - What to Pack for __

            - What to Pack for ___ in top text box

            - In bottom text box, include a list of a minimum of 10 items that a person would need if visiting this vacation spot

            - Format the list using custom bullets             

            - Add additional text, graphics, and/or elements that will help enhanced the content and appearance of this slide

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

  • Slide 8 - Feature Photos from __

            - Feature Photos from ___ in top text box

            - Insert a minimum of six photos that best illustrate your vacation spot

            - Choose images that will get your audience excited about the vacation spot

            - Resize the images so that they all fit proportionately on the slide

            - Add a photo caption below each image

            - Arrange photos and captions into a collage format

            - Add additional text, graphics, and/or elements that will help enhanced the content and appearance of this slide

            - Format the size, style, and placement of the text and elements so that this slide projects a professional appearance

 

Animation 

Seventh grade students will create an animated movie in PowerPoint.

In this project you will:

  • Create a short animated movie with your choice of theme 
  • Create a storyline for your movie

    • Minimum of 250
    • Maximum of 750
    • First slide - title
    • Last slide - credits (name, grade, room, school)
    • Every image must be clear with NO pixilation!
    • Slide backgrounds must have images larger than 100K - NO pixelation!
  • Use minimum of 10 completely different speech/thought bubbles throughout movie - Correct spelling/punctuation on each bubble
  • Use correct timing for each slide
  • Use transparency tool (FORMAT/RECOLOR/SET TRANSPARENT COLOR) - White space must be removed from images
  • Use smooth movements for all objects - no jerky movements - not too fast, not too slow
  • Use images that are proportional and enhance the background - increase/decrease the size of image in relation to background
  • Add sound if appropriate - this step is optional
  • Carefully proofread and check each slide for accuracy
  • Save final completed movie 
  • "Save As" a PowerPoint Show
  • Copy and paste complete PowerPoint Show file to Dropbox


Native American Documentary


Native American Tribes

 

Tribe:

Region:

In what part of North American would your tribe be found?

What are the characteristics of this region?  For example, are there mountains, woods, ocean or deserts?

What was the climate like (hot and dry; cold and wet)?

Did the region have a growing season?

 

Food:

What type of food did your tribe eat?

How did they get their food (hunters, gatherers, farmers)?

Did their food differ according to the seasons?

 

Clothing:

What type of clothing did the members of your tribe wear?

What did women wear?

What did men wear?

Did they have different clothing for different seasons?

Did they have clothes for special occasions or ceremonies?

 

Shelter:

In what type of homes did the members of your tribe live?

What were the homes made from?

Were these temporary or permanent homes?

Did their dwellings depend on the season? How?


Interesting Facts:

What facts or interesting piece of information have you discovered about your tribe (other than what you’ve already written)?  This would include ceremonies and/or customs or other interesting information.