Usually, when I work with teachers and mention Power Point, they immediately think of creating a presentation slide show about something. They think final product, instead of thinking tool. So I was really happy to help my second grade teachers use Power Point as a tool to help teach cardinal directions. The students were charged with writing steps to decorate a Christmas tree. The twist was that they had to give directional instructions, such as place the bell southeast of the red ornament. Of course we threw in the fun aspects of Power Point (animations) which is always engaging for students. The students add a title and byline, then duplicate each slide as they add a decoration. On the duplicated slide, they erase the previously written directions, and then add to the decorations. There is a non-holiday version also - designing a playground.
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