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PowerPoint and are powerful multimedia software tools. They include many art tools, stamps or clip art, and slide show features that include sound, and screen transitions. Text can be easily added, formatted, edited, and even turned into speech.  Because  PowerPoint and are so open-ended, they can be used creatively  to enhance children's books and other areas of the curriculum. 

Projects created with PowerPoint and are more fun, motivating, creative, and much more sophisticated than most products students would create on paper.  Enjoy the ideas and templates for your use on this page!

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Project Ideas:

Creating Classroom Books

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Whole Group Project Using

Many children's books are written with predictable patterns.  After reading one of your favorite children's books, have each student in your class create and illustrate one page for a classroom book.  This activity can reinforce vowels, spelling, patterns and visualization.

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There's a Wocket in My Pocket

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Whole Group Project Using PowerPoint

Use a pattern book as a model to create your own classroom book to reinforce a content area being studied.  Students are enthusiastic to create their own book page with newly learned information, while following the pattern of an author.

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The Important Book

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Cooperative Group Project Using PowerPoint

Cooperative Groups are also successfully in creating classroom books that follow an author's pattern!  Student pictures can be scanned and inserted into the slide show.

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If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

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Simple Classroom Books Made From PowerPoint

If you want to keep it simple, students can draft and type their ideas for a book page in PowerPoint, then print.  Once the page is printed, students can illustrate, teachers can laminate, and the book is complete!

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Q is for Duck
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Simple Classroom Books Made From PowerPoint

Most books lend themselves to the possibility of the students creating an ABC book about the book.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
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Student Writing & Publishing in PowerPoint

Students can publish their own stories reflecting a pattern and/or vocabulary from authentic literature.  Clip art can be inserted on each page to reflect the written words. Another option is to turn this into a "Talking Book". Students can record themselves narrating their story.

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Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday

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Books Made Using PowerPoint & Digital Camera

Create classroom books by using a digital camera to take pictures and insert them into PowerPoint.  Books and pictures can be modeled after children's literature.

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Alphabet City

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Books Made Using PowerPoint & Digital Camera

Students love to see their own pictures in classroom books and slide shows.  With PowerPoint, you can record each child reading the words on their own page.

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Silly Sally

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Responding to Literature

Connecting to the Real World in PowerPoint

While reading, it's important to make connections to self, other books and to the real world.  Connections can be recorded on a PowerPoint template that relates to the story.

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The Polar Express

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Creating a Summary in

Consider using this technology-integrated summary in place of a traditional pencil/paper summary of a book.  Students can illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story to assist them in typing a summary paragraph.

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The Doorbell Rang
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Making a Fold-A-Book With PowerPoint

Use this template for students to create a short and simple literature response.  Two fold-a-books can be stapled together for students to create a longer book.  Conveniently, clip art can be used for pictures.

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The Story of Ruby Bridges
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Extending Student Learning

Reinforcing Adjective Through Literature and PowerPoint

After reading Things That Are Most in the World by Judi Barrett, students can brainstorm other adjectives and type a creative sentence just like the author.  Students can either add clip art for illustrations or print their slide and illustrate directly on the page.

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Things That Are Most in the World
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Exploring Similes and Publishing in

After learning about similes, students will be able to recognize them in books they are reading.  Have students record similes and illustrate in KidPix.  Student products can make a great classroom book.

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Sarah Plain and Tall

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Exploring Idioms and Publishing in

After learning about idioms, students will be able to recognize them in books they are reading.  Have students record idioms and illustrate in KidPix.  Student products can make a great classroom book.
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Amelia Bedelia Books
Student Created Game Shows in PowerPoint

Review a children's story through a game show.  Cooperative groups can work together, or the teacher can create questions and answers for a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Jeopardy, or Hollywood Squares game show.
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Templates to Download:

   
 

Save this PowerPoint template and have students use critical thinking skills to create sentences that follow the pattern of Q is for Duck alphabet guessing book by Elting and Folsom!  For your convenience, students just finish typing the sentences, print pages and illustrate with crayons.  This makes a great classroom book!
 
Save this PowerPoint template for students to use to create an ABC book about a story they have read. Each child chooses or is assigned a letter and thinks of word that relates to the story that begins with their letter. The student is also challenged to write a sentence or with an explanation.

 

Children, parents and teachers love this animated show with all the bells and whistles!  After reading Chris vanAllsburg's The Polar Express, each student responds to the book by typing their "wish" for the world on a PowerPoint slide and inserting their digital picture in their train car window. 

This template does not work with PowerPoint 2000 and older.

Save this PowerPoint template and have students write sentences with adjectives using the same pattern as Judi Barrett does in Things That are Most in the World. For your convenience, students just finish typing the sentences, print pages and illustrate with crayons.  This makes a great classroom book!
This template can be used for students to sequence, draw illustrations and write a summary for their favorite children's book.  (Kid Pix Deluxe 3 required)

This is another template that students can use after reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Bill Martin. Students can easily type their own name and illustrate an object that is looking at them!  This template makes an easy center for a one-computer classroom, and can be printed out to make a classroom book. (Kid Pix Deluxe 3 required)

Use this PowerPoint template to create a simple Fold-A-Book, for students to respond to their favorite story.

This Jeopardy game show template, created in PowerPoint, can be modified with your own questions to create an interactive review or test for your students. PowerPoint template is from the Teachnet.com Web site and was created and contributed by Mark E. Damon.

Classroom version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. This game show template, created in  PowerPoint, can be modified with your own questions to create an interactive review or test for your students. PowerPoint template is from the Teachnet.com Web site and was created and contributed by Mark E. Damon.

The Hollywood Squares game show template, created in PowerPoint, can be modified with your own questions to create an interactive review or test for your students.  PowerPoint template is from the Teachnet.com Web site and was created and contributed by Mark E. Damon.
 

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Related Links:

Building Reading Comprehension using PowerPoint- make sure to check out the "handout for this workshop" link at the top of the page

Electronic Books to download - all non-fiction

Kid Pix Website
 


Special Thanks to the following teachers for opening their classrooms and sharing their ideas:

  • Susan Burkholder, Varner Elementary
  • Tammy Curti, Baker Elementary
  • Valerie King, Big Shanty Elementary
  • Debby Kramb, Chalker Elementary
  • Ginny Lyon, Chalker Elementary
  • Ashley Pierce, Chalker Elementary
  • Stephanie Simmons, Riverside Elementary