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Shared Experiences, Individual Impressions: Buddies Create PowerPoint Stories

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology



Teacher Resources




  • Digital or regular camera
  • One classroom computer with an LCD projector
  • Computers with Internet access and PowerPoint software
  • Flash drive, school server, or CDs for multimedia storage (unless storing on students’ computers)

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1. This lesson centers on a shared experience. Class trips of all varieties work well, as do school assemblies, sporting events, or classroom activities like Readers Theatre or science experiments. You want to plan the experience so that it takes place immediately before Session 1.

2. Arrange to use a digital camera during the shared experience. If you do not have access to a digital camera, use a regular or disposable camera and get a copy of the pictures on CD. Save the photos either on a flash drive, your school’s server, on the computers students will be using, or onto individual CDs that you give to student pairs (see Session 3).

3. Print and review the Project Instructions: Working With Buddies to Create Photo Slideshows of a Shared Experience.

4. To find buddies for your students, approach a teacher of older students (preferably no younger than fifth grade) whom you know uses technology regularly in the classroom or is interested in giving his or her students computer experience. The older students should have computer experience and should know how to use PowerPoint. Arrange for the older students to have any necessary training and practice and for them to have at least one session working in the computer lab (perhaps on a smaller, simpler project also using PowerPoint) with their buddies from your class. Tips for a Successful Cross-Age Buddy Program provides suggestions that you might want to share with the teacher of the other class.

5. Print off and review the Quick Write/Quick Draw instructions. Practice this activity several times with students before the start of the lesson. Using the second page of the Quick Write/Quick Draw handout, have students quickly write or draw all they know about a specific topic (e.g., how to get ready for school or how to get ready for recess). This can be followed by a short sharing period during which each student shows his or her drawing and describes it in less than 30 seconds. Make one copy of the second page of the Quick Write/Quick Draw handout for each student in your class to use during Session 1.

6. Arrange to use a computer with an LCD projector during Sessions 2 and 3. Also, reserve your school’s computer lab for Sessions 3 and 4 and make sure computers have PowerPoint software.

7. Review the Tips for Creating Photo Slideshows. If you are not familiar with PowerPoint, you might also want to look at these PowerPoint in the Classroom tutorials from actDEN and Teach-nology.

8. Practice using PowerPoint with your students by creating a few simple sequence stories (e.g., how to get ready for recess, how to get to the school library, an outline of your school day).

9. Make copies of the Instructions for Creating a PowerPoint Story With Your Big Buddy for each student in your class. Make copies of the Tips for Creating Photo Slideshows and the Instructions for Creating a PowerPoint Story With Your Little Buddy for each of their older buddies. Make copies of the Little Buddy/Big Buddy Self-Evaluation for every student, younger and older.

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