Creating Picture Collages in Word Work became one of our favorite ways to show what we know about our grammar skills. There are many apps you can use to create picture collages, but I like using A Beautiful Mess because students can make a collage of photos and then, write on the collage all within one app. If you’re using a laptop to create collages, you might look into PicMonkey which has fabulous versatility.
Now, through our School’s PTO and grants from Donor’s Choose, I have quite a few classroom devices – 2 laptops, 6 iPads, and 3 iPod touches. When using technology to assess, I place 2-3 devices at Word Work. As you can see below, I’ve added A Beautiful Mess to our iPad dashboard, so students have easy-assess to it and help make it an independent activity.
Our Pic Collage Procedures
When making a collage, students know our establish procedures –
(1) Choose a partner and look at our grammar skill for the week.
(2) Sit with your partner and choose 4 objects/people to take pictures of.
(3) Take pictures quickly and quietly. Do not disturb those working.
(4) After you have taken your photos, add them to A Beautiful Mess.
(5) Identify the objects you have photographed.
(6) Save your collage onto the iPad.
(7) Email it to Ms. W. (I have set up a free Google Email specifically for our classroom and save it to our iPads. When students type in the first letter of the email, it immediately pops-up. Once I receive the collage, I tweet it out and share it on our website.)
Below are some collages students have made this year. You’ll notice they are definitely 1st graders and love taking silly pictures and adding fun fonts.
Examples of 1st Grade Collages
The next two collage represent nouns.
These friends took the collage one-step further and added a person, place, and thing to their collage. Also, note my silly face. When you start this project, be prepared to be photographed… A LOT!
This is an adjective collage two friends made. Don’t you love the spelling of ‘colorful’?
Other Ideas for Collages in the Classroom
Parts of Speech: nouns, verb, adjectives, prepositions, pronouns
Grammar: plural/singular nouns, homophones, antonyms, synonyms
Math: identifying numbers in groups of objects, sum-themed collages (i.e. Sums of 8: 4 backpacks & 4 cubbies, 7 yellow cubes & 1 white cubes, 6 chairs and then 2 stools), fractions in real life
Social Skills (especially at the beginning of the year): sharing, partner reading, manners, kindness, 7 Habits
So friends, what do you think? Do you think your friends would enjoy make collages? How could you use them in your classroom? I’d love to hear your ideas!