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Lesson 4: Pitch

Activities Timing Student grouping Description
Minds-On: What makes a presentation clear and engaging? 10 minutes Large group Students brainstorm the characteristics of a clear and engaging slideshow presentation. Next, students review the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF], Submission Requirements [PDF], and Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF].
Action 1: Assemble submission slides 25+ minutes Small group Students assemble their team submission.
Action 2 [Optional]: Bonus audio or video component 20+ minutes Small group Students plan and record their audio or video component.
Consolidation: Wrap-up 10 minutes Large group Teacher prompts students to send them their files for the competition.

 

Students will:

  • communicate using science and technology vocabulary
  • use appropriate formats to communicate to a specific audience for a specific purpose
  • identify important information and record it as notes, graphics, illustrations, or audio and video
  • work collaboratively to complete a team submission

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • communicate using science and technology vocabulary
  • use appropriate formats to communicate to a specific audience for a specific purpose
  • identify important information and record it as notes, graphics, illustrations, or audio and video
  • work collaboratively to complete a team submission

Students can:

  • create an engaging presentation that includes text and images
  • add audio and video components where possible
  • consider their audience of a panel of judges in a competitive setting
  • use decision-making and critical thinking skills to choose relevant and persuasive information
  • demonstrate teamwork skills like communication, listening, conflict resolution and active participation

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • create an engaging presentation that includes text and images
  • add audio and video components where possible
  • consider their audience of a panel of judges in a competitive setting
  • use decision-making and critical thinking skills to choose relevant and persuasive information
  • demonstrate teamwork skills like communication, listening, conflict resolution and active participation
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This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Products

  • Final project submissions can be used as an assessment of learning (Action)
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF] can be used as a self-evaluation (Action)

Evidence of Student Learning

Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Products

  • Final project submissions can be used as an assessment of learning (Action)
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF] can be used as a self-evaluation (Action)

Students will:

  • communicate using science and technology vocabulary
  • use appropriate formats to communicate to a specific audience for a specific purpose
  • identify important information and record it as notes, graphics, illustrations, or audio and video
  • work collaboratively to complete a team submission

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • communicate using science and technology vocabulary
  • use appropriate formats to communicate to a specific audience for a specific purpose
  • identify important information and record it as notes, graphics, illustrations, or audio and video
  • work collaboratively to complete a team submission

Students can:

  • create an engaging presentation that includes text and images
  • add audio and video components where possible
  • consider their audience of a panel of judges in a competitive setting
  • use decision-making and critical thinking skills to choose relevant and persuasive information
  • demonstrate teamwork skills like communication, listening, conflict resolution and active participation

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • create an engaging presentation that includes text and images
  • add audio and video components where possible
  • consider their audience of a panel of judges in a competitive setting
  • use decision-making and critical thinking skills to choose relevant and persuasive information
  • demonstrate teamwork skills like communication, listening, conflict resolution and active participation
Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Products

  • Final project submissions can be used as an assessment of learning (Action)
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF] can be used as a self-evaluation (Action)

Evidence of Student Learning

Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Products

  • Final project submissions can be used as an assessment of learning (Action)
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF] can be used as a self-evaluation (Action)
Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Designing and recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, rulers, blank paper)
  • Computers or tablets
  • Submission Requirements [PDF]
  • Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Submission Rubric  [PDF]
  • Mission summaries of Competition Game Set from Lesson 3

Optional: Device with a camera and microphone to record an audio or video file.

No-tech option: If you do not have access to a device for audio or video recording, students can complete the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF] on paper. You will need to scan and combine the pages into a single PDF for submission. (Instructions in the Consolidation section of this lesson).

1 set per group
For teacher use

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Designing and recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, rulers, blank paper)
  • Computers or tablets
  • Submission Requirements [PDF]
  • Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Submission Rubric  [PDF]
  • Mission summaries of Competition Game Set from Lesson 3

Optional: Device with a camera and microphone to record an audio or video file.

No-tech option: If you do not have access to a device for audio or video recording, students can complete the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF] on paper. You will need to scan and combine the pages into a single PDF for submission. (Instructions in the Consolidation section of this lesson).

1 set per group
For teacher use
  • Each team has played at least two iterations of the competition version of the game (whether completed during class time or outside of class). Teams have chosen their best mission to submit to the competition.
  • Each team has the completed competition game set for their selected mission.

Preparation:

  • Each team has played at least two iterations of the competition version of the game (whether completed during class time or outside of class). Teams have chosen their best mission to submit to the competition.
  • Each team has the completed competition game set for their selected mission.
  • Familiarity with editing and customizing a PowerPoint or Google Slides template, if submitting digitally.
  • Some familiarity with designing, scripting, and recording an audio or video clip, if adding audio or video content.

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with editing and customizing a PowerPoint or Google Slides template, if submitting digitally.
  • Some familiarity with designing, scripting, and recording an audio or video clip, if adding audio or video content.
Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Designing and recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, rulers, blank paper)
  • Computers or tablets
  • Submission Requirements [PDF]
  • Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Submission Rubric  [PDF]
  • Mission summaries of Competition Game Set from Lesson 3

Optional: Device with a camera and microphone to record an audio or video file.

No-tech option: If you do not have access to a device for audio or video recording, students can complete the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF] on paper. You will need to scan and combine the pages into a single PDF for submission. (Instructions in the Consolidation section of this lesson).

1 set per group
For teacher use

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Designing and recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, rulers, blank paper)
  • Computers or tablets
  • Submission Requirements [PDF]
  • Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]
  • Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Submission Rubric  [PDF]
  • Mission summaries of Competition Game Set from Lesson 3

Optional: Device with a camera and microphone to record an audio or video file.

No-tech option: If you do not have access to a device for audio or video recording, students can complete the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF] on paper. You will need to scan and combine the pages into a single PDF for submission. (Instructions in the Consolidation section of this lesson).

1 set per group
For teacher use
  • Each team has played at least two iterations of the competition version of the game (whether completed during class time or outside of class). Teams have chosen their best mission to submit to the competition.
  • Each team has the completed competition game set for their selected mission.

Preparation:

  • Each team has played at least two iterations of the competition version of the game (whether completed during class time or outside of class). Teams have chosen their best mission to submit to the competition.
  • Each team has the completed competition game set for their selected mission.
  • Familiarity with editing and customizing a PowerPoint or Google Slides template, if submitting digitally.
  • Some familiarity with designing, scripting, and recording an audio or video clip, if adding audio or video content.

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with editing and customizing a PowerPoint or Google Slides template, if submitting digitally.
  • Some familiarity with designing, scripting, and recording an audio or video clip, if adding audio or video content.

Minds-On: What Makes a Presentation Clear and Engaging? (10 mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:

Have the students conduct a brainstorm, using the following questions:

“What makes a slideshow presentation clear and engaging?”

“How do we write a convincing argument?”

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Idea

Learning strategies like Carousel Brainstorming can be helpful for students to generate ideas.

Students could use a Google Jamboard to share some characteristics of a clear and engaging presentation. Possible responses may include: font choice and size, colours, images, or precise language.
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Idea

Consider using a visual timer to help students manage their time.

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Technology

For a no-tech version, students can share ideas verbally in a large group. These can be recorded on paper or a whiteboard in the classroom.

Padlet is an alternative to Jamboard for classrooms that do not use Google.

As a class, review the expectations in the Submission Requirements [PDF], Submission Template [Google Slides] [Powerpoint] [PDF], and Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]. 

Make connections between students’ brainstorming ideas and the documents above. 

Note: Teachers may also wish to review the Submission Rubric that will be used to judge the Lunar Rover Competition.

 

Action 1: Assemble Submission Slides (25+ mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:
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Have each team work together to complete their submission using the template.

Encourage students to revisit the 7 Steps to Great Teamwork infographic and the Working Collaboratively learning strategy.

Students may choose to annotate their game records, to show their thinking and explain what happened during the game.

An annotated version of the battery tracker card from the game set
Annotated game records exemplar (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour illustration of the Battery Level Tracker slide of the Game Set, with text bubbles pointing to different parts of the graph.

 

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Language

Consider having students plan their submissions on paper and then transfer their work to the digital format.

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Technology

Students could use the  talk and type feature of Read&Write for Google Chrome™ to help with recording their ideas.

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As a part of their self-assessment process, encourage students to check-off expectations on the Submission Checkbric [Google Doc] [PDF]  as they fill in the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]. This ensures students meet each expectation as they complete their work.

Similarly, ask student teams to check-off items from the Submission Requirements [PDF] as they fill in the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF].

If time allows, have each team provide feedback on completed submissions to other teams. Model how to give balanced, constructive feedback using the TAG strategy.

 

Action 2 [Optional]: Bonus Audio or Video Component. (20+ mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:

Students plan and record an audio or video component for their submission. The structure of this is open. The only restriction is a three-minute time limit.

Encourage students to think creatively. What do they want to say to the judges? How will they convince them that their team should be chosen to test their mission with a real rover?

Give feedback to students to ensure their work meets the submission requirements.

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Technology

Students could record audio or video using a cell phone camera, or a cell phone audio recorder. They could also record within Microsoft Teams, or Zoom, or within PowerPoint by first recording, then exporting as a video.

Consolidation: Wrap-up (10 mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:

Prompt students to save their slides and export the file to PDF using the steps below. Have them name their file with their team name. Direct them on how to submit the file to you.

Google Slides:
File > Download > PDF Document

PowerPoint:
File > Export > Create PDF Document

Keep a record of the students on each team. The slides should only contain their team name.

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Technology

If students completed their submission on paper, collect all the sheets and put them in the same order as the Submission Template [Google Slides] [PowerPoint] [PDF]. Then scan them into a single PDF file. 

If students are submitting audio or video, support them to export their recording into mp3, mp4, or m4a file formats.

Have them name the file with their team name. Direct them on how to submit the file to you.

 

 

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