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Paper slides are a very simple and engaging way to have students demonstrates their knowledge in any subject area and any grade level. Paper slides also don’t require much; as you only need paper and a recording device, such as an iPad or flip camera. Another reason to use paper slides is because it is an easy way to bring in all the 21st century skills students need such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Ideas for using paper slide that connect to Common Core or Essential Standards
1. The students can create a ‘how to’ book explaining a concept such as how to classify shapes based on properties.
2. The students can explain:
- Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle
- Explain such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
- Explain how people change over time (self and others).
3. The students create a paper slide vocabulary book. Each slide is a different vocabulary word that has a picture visual along with the definition.
4. The students create a timeline of a historical event.
How can you implement paper slides in your classroom?
1. Model what a paper slide should look like using a lesson you are going to teach or to show an example of a product.
2. Make sure the students write a ‘script’ that you approve before they go into ‘production’.
3. Have the students create the clip art/ pictures they are going to use for visualization.
4. Have the students practice, practice, practice before they tape.
5. Tape and publish for others to see.
(adapted from Jill Thompson)