Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation

Grade Levels: 3 - 5

This Project

In this project, your students will create a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate their knowledge about the adaptations of an animal. They will report on this animal's habitat, its predators and prey, and its adaptations to its environment.

Computer Skills

  • Adding graphics
  • Adding text boxes

Before Beginning

  • Have each student select an animal to research. A good thing to do is to list some animals that have a lot of research available and make this list available to your students. They can also draw the names of their animals out of a hat. Use the animal list.
  • Below is a list of some good Web sites for your students to use to research their animals:

    Yahooligans
    http://www.yahooligans.com

    SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database
    http://www.seaworld.org/

    Electronic Zoo
    http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm

  • Review adaptive behaviors. For instance, a bee uses a "stinger" to protect itself from predators.
  • Have each student complete the Student Planning Pages.
  • Show them how to locate the Animal template for this project.

Quick Steps

  • Open PowerPoint and select the (Animal) template.
  • Insert a graphic of your selected animal from your files.
  • Add your name to the text box at the bottom of the slide.
  • Change the WordArt title to your animal's name.
  • Scroll down to the next slide, Habitat.
  • Insert a graphic from your files of your animal in its natural habitat.
  • Add a text box describing your animal's habitat.
  • Scroll down to the next slide, Predators.
  • Insert a graphic or graphics of some of your animal's predators.
  • Add a text box listing your animal's predators and explaining how dangerous they are to its existence.
  • Scroll down to the next slide, Prey.
  • Insert a graphic or graphics of the food or prey your animal eats.
  • Add a text box listing the types of food your animal consumes and explaining why your animal eats those types of food.
  • Scroll down to the next slide, Adaptations.
  • Insert a graphic showing either your animal's adaptive behavior or its adaptive body part(s).
  • Add a text box explaining how your animal has adapted to its habitat.
  • Scroll down to the next slide, Bibliography.
  • Click on the text box on the screen. Add all the bibliographical information for the resources used in this report. Be sure to include the Web sites where you captured graphics.
  • Save and print.

Procedure

Step 1:  Open the Animal PowerPoint template. This template is intended for readers who have a version of PowerPoint residing on their computer. This template does not contain the software application itself. You will be able to read the template file if you are using PowerPoint 97 for Windows, PowerPoint 98 for Macintosh, or a later version. If you do not have this software application, CLICK HERE to download PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

Step 2:  Template files are meant for you to open and immediately save under another name some where on your desktop, hard drive, or floppy diskette. So, if you open a template file, before entering any text or data, click on the FILE menu and select Save As. Navigate to where you want to save your file, rename it, and then click on the Save button. Then you can begin entering text and data.

Step 3:  Pull down the INSERT menu, select Picture, and From File. Locate your title slide picture of your animal. Select the file with your mouse and click Insert.

Step 4:  Move your mouse over the My Animal title at the top of the page and double-click.

Step 5:  Remove the text in the pop-up box by highlighting and deleting. Add the name of your animal to the title. Click OK.

Step 6:  Move your mouse to the bottom of the slide and click once where it says Name.

Step 7:  Type your name in the text box.

Step 8:  Use your mouse and the handles to resize the text boxes and graphics as needed on your title slide.

Step 9:  Move your mouse to the right side of the page and use the scroll bar to scroll to the next slide, Habitat.

Step 10:  Pull down the INSERT menu, select Picture, and From File. Locate a picture of your animal in its natural habitat. Select the file with your mouse and click Insert.

Step 11:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Text Box.

Step 12:  An I-beam will appear on the slide. Click once where you want to place the text box.

Step 13:  In the text box, type a paragraph describing your animal's habitat. Use the Student Planning Pages as a guide.

Step 14:  Use the mouse and handles to resize your graphic and text box as needed.

Step 15:  Move your mouse to the right side of the screen and use the scroll bar to scroll to your next slide, Predators.

Step 16:  Pull down the INSERT menu, select Picture, and From File. Locate a graphic of one of your animal's predators, select it with your mouse and click Insert.

Step 17:  Repeat Step 16 for all the graphics that you want to place on your slide.

Step 18:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Text Box.

Step 19:  List your animal's predators in the text box. Write a few sentences describing how your animal defends itself against its predators.

Step 20:  Move your mouse to the right hand side of the screen and use the scroll bar to scroll down to the next slide, Prey.

Step 21:  Pull down the INSERT menu, select Picture, and From File. Locate a graphic of the prey your animal eats, select it with your mouse and click Insert.

Step 22:  Repeat Step 21 for all the graphics you want to place on your slide.

Step 23:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Text Box.

Step 24:  In the text box, list the prey and types of food your animal eats. In a couple of sentences, explain how your animal captures or finds its food.

Step 25:  Move your mouse to the right side of the screen and use the scroll bar to scroll down to the next slide, Adaptations.

Step 26:  Pull down the INSERT menu, select Picture, and From File. Locate a picture showing your animal in its natural habitat or one of its adaptive body parts. Select the picture with your mouse and click Insert.

Step 27:  Pull down the INSERT menu and select Text Box.

Step 28:  In the text box, type a paragraph about your animal's adaptive behaviors. Explain what would happen to your animal if it were taken out of its natural habitat.

Step 29:  Move your mouse to the right side of the screen and use the scroll bar to scroll down to the next slide, Bibliography.

Step 30:  Use your mouse to click once on the text box. Type in the bibliographical information for the book and Internet resources you used to research your presentation.

Step 31:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Save As. Give your file the name (animal your initials).

Step 32:  Pull down the FILE menu and select Print. Click OK (PC) or Print (Mac).

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