Tech Lesson 3-4: Using Text Boxes and Images in Open Office Present / PowerPoint

Demonstrates understanding of basic technology and telecommunication tools
Operates Basic technology tools and applications

CSTA Level I Standard 4: (3rd to 5th) Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
CSTA Level I Standard 5: (3rd to 5th) Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create presentations, and publishing activities to create presentations for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

Basic Skills:
ELA4C1 (h): Varies the sentence structure by kind (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences and functional fragments), order, and complexity (simple, compound.)


S4P3 Students will demonstrate the relationship between the application of a force and the resulting change in position and motion on an object.
a. Identify simple machines and explain their uses (lever, pulley, wedge, inclined plane, screw, wheel and axle).
S4CS3: Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating objects in scientific activities utilizing safe laboratory procedures.  (c) Use computers, cameras, and recording devices for capturing information.


Students will type in and manipulate text in Open Office Present Text Boxes
Students will Arrange graphics and text to highlight meanings of presentation.

Sentence Types Option:
Students will select Fonts and colors to identify Sentence Types
Students will select or draw images to reinforce their sentence types.
Students will create a graphic organizer with Open Office Present / PowerPoint features the 4 sentence types:

Simple Machines Option:
Students will create a graphic organizer with Open Office Present that features at least 3 simple machines and their uses.
Students will select Fonts and colors to support graphic organizer.
Students will select or draw images to reinforce graphic organizer.
Students will use backgrounds or slide templates to create a color scheme for their graphic organizer.


1. Students will use google to find the names and descriptions of the 6 simple machines.

Suggested Sites:

2. Students write in their notebooks the six simple machines and a one sentence description of the machine.
3. Students create model of one simple machine using Lego Building system.
4. Students take digital pictures of their Lego Simple Machine.
5. Students use Open Office Present / PowerPoint to organize their pictures and text.  (One slide per machine)
    a. Students use text boxes to lable the following:  Force(Effort), Reaction(Load),  Fulcrum
6. Students use Slide Design, Layout, and Backgrounds to orgainze their slides.
7. Students save their work to the file area.


Simple Machine List
Sample Simple Machine Page

Simple Machine Slide Sample:

Assessment / Pay Scale (Simple Machines Project):

6 Simple Machines with description listed in Notebook or in a Word Document
1 Dolphin Dollar
Picture of Lego Model of 1 simple Machine -or- 6 Pictures of Simple Machines from Web in Presentation Document.
1 Dolphin Dollar
Labels on Pictures showing Force(Effort), Reaction(Load), Fulcrum using text boxes in Presentation Document
1 Dolphin Dollar
Use of Slide Design, Layout, and Backgrounds in Presentation.
1 Dolphin Dollar
Work Saved in File area as "Lastname Simple Machines"
1 Dolphin Dollar
Total Possible Pay for Project:
5 Dolphin Dollars