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This is a Photo Story 3 research project about space exploration during the Cold War


Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies  



Title – Space Exploration Using Photo Story
By – David Cantu
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Math, Science, Language Arts
Grade Level – 11th

Concept / Topic To Teach:

    Cold War

Estimated Time:

    3 weeks (2 for research and 1 for presentations)

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills US History – Subchapter C Standards:

  • 113.32 Part B Introduction:
    1. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, and reform movements including civil rights.
  • 113.32 Part C Knowledge and Skills:
    1. History. The student understands the impact of significant national and international decisions and conflicts from World War II and the Cold War to the present on the United States. The student is expected to:
          (F) describe the impact of the GI Bill, the election of 1948, McCarthyism, and Sputnik I;

          (G) analyze reasons for the Western victory in the Cold War and the challenges of changing relationships among nations; and

        (H) identify the origins of major domestic and foreign policy issues currently facing the United States.
    1. Economics. The student understands the economic effects of World War II, the Cold War, and increased worldwide competition on contemporary society. The student is expected to:
        (C) describe the impact of the Cold War on the business cycle and defense spending;
    1. Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
          (A) locate and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;

        (B) analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
    2. Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
          (C) transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate; and

        (D) create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information.

General Goal(s):

  • The students will demonstrate their knowledge of space exploration and the factors that brought about significant changes during the Cold War.
  • The students will demonstrate their understanding by displaying their research efforts through Photo Story 3.

Specific Objectives:

  • The students will gather information on the American space exploration program through texts, electronic databases (to include the internet), and primary resources. * All sources must be cited or no credit will be given.
  • The students will use Photo Story 3 to create a presentation using photos of space program, key figures, and documents in order to present their findings to their classmates.

Required Materials:

  • Access to a library with US History section, magazines, encyclopedias, etc.
  • Computer Lab with internet continuity, PowerPoint software, Photo Story 3 software, microphones.
  • Classroom with LCD projector and screen.

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • The lesson should be conducted in a Computer Lab with internet access and access to a screen projecting the teachers work.
  • The teacher should set and follow a direct set of instructions on how to develop a Photo Story presentation.
    • The teacher should share a sample Photo Story presentation to demonstrate the desired product.
    • This lesson should be strong enough to assist students as they gather information and construct their Photo Story.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. The teacher will demonstrate and guide students through appropriate websites and internet databases.
  2. The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to properly cite resources.
  3. The teacher will guide the students on how to develop a story line.
  4. The teacher will demonstrate to students the proper way to import photos onto PowerPoint.
  5. The teacher will help students convert PowerPoint slides into GIF format.
  6. The teacher will also help students import converted PowerPoint onto Photo Story.
  7. The teacher will show students how to add dialogue and narration to their Photo Story.
  8. The teacher will then show students how to properly save their Photo Story.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  1. Students will create a 25-30 minute story line using the gathered information and photos.
  2. Students will gather photos (digital or scanned) related to their story line and import onto PowerPoint.
  3. Students will create a new story in Photo Story where they will import their GIF converted PowerPoint slides.
  4. Students will voice record their story line dialogue onto Photo Story.
  5. Students will properly save their stories.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  1. Students will present their story to their classmates within 25-30 minutes.
  2. Students will ask questions to the class based on presentation.
  3. Students and teacher will ask presenters questions and establish dialogue.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

Rubric 20-16 15-11 10-5
Content All content focuses on American space exploration. Some of the content focuses on American space exploration. Very little content focus on American space exploration.
Photos All photos are relevant and of good quality. Some photos are relevant and of good quality. Few photos are relevant and of good quality.
Dialogue Dialogue is easy to understand and relevant to topic and photos. Dialogue is hard to understand or is not relevant to topic or photos. Dialogue is incomprehensible and/or absent.
Citations Good reference and citations given to information and photos. Fair reference and citations given to information and photos. Poor reference and citations made to information and photos.
Presentation Well presented, clear voice, good eye contact, and relevant questions. Fair presentation, good voice, some eye contact, and some relevant questions. Poor presentation, low voice, limited eye contact, and few relevant questions.
Total Points _____/100

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

  • Students will have an opportunity to team up with other students.
  • Teacher will provide PowerPoint template for students working independently.
  • Teacher will provide appropriate questions to lead student through his/her research.
  • Teacher will provide 2-3 appropriate websites for students.
  • Students will have 20-25 minutes to present.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

  • Students should provide background music, animations, creative PowerPoint backgrounds, but not limited to other enriching tools.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

  • Language Arts: students can create a Photo Story about key figures and events based on literary works.
  • Math: student may use math skills such as graphs, charts, and formulas to explain the launch into space.
  • Science: students can use scientific formulas, theories, and key terminology to explain launch capabilities.


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