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Preparedness Presentations

Overview

Students will research different life events and will create a step-by-step guide demonstrating how to prepare for this event.  Students will use various multimedia technology to share what they have learned with the class.

Activity

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts have been building character and serving communities.  After reading about the Boy Scouts of America commemorative coin in March's Coin of the Month, make sure to note the reverse (tails side) of the coin.  Paired with the Boy Scouts of America emblem is the organization's motto, "Be Prepared."

Discuss with the class what the motto "Be Prepared" can mean and what students do in order to be prepared for day to day life.  Expand the class discussion to include examples of when someone may need to be prepared and steps that a person can take to make sure they are prepared for different life events.

As a class, generate a list of different events that one may need to be prepared for.  Examples can include a sports team tryout, college application, or establishing safety procedures.  Explain to the students that being prepared for life events big or small is always important.

Have the students in pairs choose one life event from the list or elsewhere.  Direct the pairs to create a process for navigating through their chosen life event and ways to be prepared for the life event.

Have each student pair create a "survival guide" which explains how to prepare for and navigate through the life event.  Encourage the students to use technology to research and assemble their survival guides (for example, a multimedia presentation, a podcast, a mini website, or a video).  Have the students share their preparedness presentations with the class.

Extension

Have the students share their preparedness presentations on open house night or for invited classes.

As another extension, have the students vote on the most creative, funniest, or most unique presentations and create an awards ceremony to honor these fun and informative survival guides.

Make a Connection

Visit "Scouts' Corner" for scout-specific information on coin collecting.

Play the "Lewis and Clark Adventure" game and face wilderness challenges as you explore to the West Coast and back.

Standards

Language Arts

The standard used for the language arts reference a number of organizations including: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE – www.ncte.org) and International Reading Association (IRA – www.ira.org).

  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

Technology

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE – www.iste.org).

  • Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Research and Informational Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Content Related Links

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