Science Current Events

Download the instructions here.

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT WEBSITES
for science, health, and technology articles for your current event projects!

 

DOGO NEWS:
https://www.dogonews.com/category/science

SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS:
https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/

TWEEN TRIBUNE:
https://www.tweentribune.com/topic/science/tween56/

NEWSELA:
https://newsela.com/articles/#/category/science?grade_levels=5.0,4.0,6.0,3.0

TIME FOR KIDS:
https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/

 

JUST REMEMBER:
1) GET YOUR PARENTS’ PERMISSION BEFORE GOING ONLINE, AND
2) PRINT THE ARTICLE OUT!

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Science Current Events

What is it?  A current event is a summary of a recent article taken from a newspaper, magazine, internet site, etc.  (A recent article has to have been written within the past 30 days.)  These articles must be related to science, health, or technology.

Do I need to turn in the article? Yes!!  You must turn-in your article with your current event.  You will lose 15 points if you turn-in/present a current event without the article.

What type of format will I use?  Each student will complete two current events for every semester.  One will be an oral presentation utilizing technology, and the other will be a written summary.  These will serve as a quiz grade.

Guidelines for a Written Current Event:

Your current event needs to be at least half-a-page typed or three-fourths-a-page handwritten.  If it is typed, then it needs to be double-spaced, with a 12-point font.  If it is handwritten, then it needs to be written on notebook paper with neat handwriting utilizing the paper’s margins.

Guidelines for an Oral Current Event:

You will need to create a technology presentation to summarize your article for the class.  You may NOT just read the article to the class.  You can create a slideshow in PowerPoint, Prezi, or PowToon, or create a video newscast about the article.  Your presentation should have enough information included in it that it is at least two minutes long.  These presentations will be graded on a rubric.  You are expected to speak loudly and clearly so all can hear.  You will be required to answer questions from your classmates about your article after your presentation.  (So, know your article!)  Technology assignments can be stored on a flash drive, CD, or emailed to bkingsley@strong-rock.com.  Please come see me BEFORE the day of your presentation if you have questions!

BONUS!!  You can receive up to five bonus points on your current event if you discuss how it relates/compares to what God teaches us in His Word.

Current Event Grading

Written Summary- 1 Quiz Grade

Reports correct information; uses margins; has correct spelling/grammar; is appropriate length.

(+ 5 Bonus) Applies and discusses Biblical truths about article

Oral Presentation- 1 Quiz Grade

Speaks loudly and clearly; answers questions; knows how to discuss article.  (See Rubric on Back)

(+ 5 Bonus) Applies and discusses Biblical truths about article

 

Which one do I do??  Do I do a Written Summary or an Oral Presentation? Current event assignments are listed below.  Follow this schedule to know which type of current event you are to complete each time.

*Find your number below to see when you complete each assignment.

Current Event 1: Due September 4th

  • Written: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Oral: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Current Event 2: Due ____________

  • Written: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
  • Oral: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Current Event 3: Due ____________

  • Written: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Oral: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

 Current Event 4: Due ____________

  • Written: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
  • Oral: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

What are the Rubric Expectations? Here are the highest expectations for your oral presentations!  These are the final two columns of each rubric.  Work to earn points from these columns!

 

Public Speaking Expectations:

  4 5
Organization Student presents information in logical sequence which audience can follow. Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow.
Content Knowledge Student is at ease with content, but fails to elaborate. Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) with explanations and elaboration.
Delivery Student’s voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly. Student used a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms.
Originality Student uses own words, but sentence structure is still similar to original author. Student presents the information in a new, exciting way with new sentence structures.

 

Technology Presentation Expectations:

  17-19 20
Summarization Project includes most information needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material, but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate summary. Project has enough information to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective summary.
Content Accuracy Most of the content is accurate, but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate. All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors.
Appearance Appearance/graphics are attractive, but not all support the theme/content of the presentation. Appearance/graphics are attractive (size and colors) and support the theme/content of the presentation.
Grammar/
Mechanics
Presentation has no more than three misspellings and/or grammatical errors. Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

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