Why Pic Collages?
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 –
- Choose a partner and look at our grammar skill for the week.
- Sit with your partner and choose 4 objects/people to take pictures of.
- Take pictures quickly and quietly. Do not disturb those working.
- After you have taken your photos, add them to A Beautiful Mess.
- Identify the objects you have photographed.
- Save your collage onto the iPad.
- Share your collage using AirDrop or add it to our Google Classroom. 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.
Reviewing Grammar Skills
Launching our Pic Collages, we used content we were very familiar with, so technology was able to be out goal. As we become more proficient in using these tools, the content will become more meaningful and less surface level. In these collages, students are representing different nouns around the classroom – people, things, places, and ideas.
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’?
A Way to Assess
Other Ideas for Collages in the Classroom
- Reading: phonics skills, vowel teams in the real world
- 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
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