Title: The House of…
Grade Levels: K-6
Curriculum Areas: adaptable for all curriculum areas
Lesson Objectives and The student will be able to use the PPT template and create a
LA Content Standards: house booklet for presentation of their theme.
The student will be able to use Kidspiration to write
paragraphs of description or facts concerning their theme.
LA Content Standards depend on the theme or subject
matter of this activity.
Technology Foundation Skills and Standards
Technology Communication Tools (Communication Foundation
Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish,
and interact with peers, experts and other audiences.
Students use a variety of media and formats to
communicate and present information and ideas
effectively to multiple audiences.
Technology Performance Indicator - Use technology tools
(e.g., publishing, multimedia tools, and word processing
software) for individual and for simple collaborative writing,
communication, and publishing activities for a variety of
Technology Connection: Internet
PowerPoint template (file “houseof” should be downloaded
from www.vickiblackwell.com/templates.html ... there is a
black and white version or a color version to choose from)
Kidspiration (or word processing program such as MS
Assessment: “The House of…” Booklet rubric and/or checklist
Procedures: The teacher will create Learning Teams of six students who
will work together and publish information on a certain theme,
subject, or content standard. Learning teams will conduct
research, gather graphics and go through the writing process
to compose their paragraph. All decisions will be made before
ever going to the computer.
Once the preliminary work is done, Learning Partners work on
one PowerPoint template in which each pair completes one
side of the House booklet. Each student places one graphic in
a window of the House template (ppt file) with all six windows
eventually being filled by the Team. The students who work
on the front of the house, should also put the name of the
house in the text box above the front door.
After the window is filled with graphic, Learning Partners
save their file and open Kidspiration, going directly to the
writing view. Partners take turns typing their paragraph of
information on one of the “index card” text boxes, then save
When all six members of the Learning Team have completed
their computer projects, the House of… is cut out and taped
together with the paragraphs glued/taped on the inside of
the house. If the black and white PPT template is used,
students will need to color the sides of their house using
makers or crayons.
Materials: computer, printer, card stock, paper, glue or tape, scissors,
crayons and/or markers;
Teacher’s Name: Vicki Blackwell
School: Tangipahoa Parish School System