Ever wonder if there's a snake that can bite you after it's dead? Or, how high a dolphin can jump? Or, if there's any animal that can eat a poisonous dart frog? The fourth graders did, and they answered all these questions and more with the grade's annual PowerPoint presentation. Led by science teacher Betsy Cook and assisted by librarian Amy Holley, the students worked for several weeks learning useful skills in researching their chosen animal, organizing their facts, choosing which information to present and using design and layout as visual aids. The culmination was a forty-minute presentation (total, not each!) in which each student stood on stage and led the audience through his or her research findings.
Prior to fourth grade, North Cross students present mostly in class to familiar faces or in groups. Fourth grade marks their entrance into lone public presentations in which they take center stage. The hope is that by the time they graduate, getting on stage and in front of a group of strangers to speak won't seem intimidating. Anyone in the audience could have told you that these students are well on their way to becoming master presenters.
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