4th graders in Holly Peterson's and Rochelle Hebert's classes used graphics to better understand Social Studies and Science vocabulary.
By partnering with these 2 amazing classroom teachers, we were able to structure a learning environment in which students thought about the meanings of the vocabulary terms within the context of each unit; then created a Pic Collage for each term, which included the definition of the term and a picture that best illustrated the term.
An important part of this activity was reinforcing safe searching practices while doing their research for pictures. We used the Safe Search Engine links and the Safe Sites for Pictures links on our Student Resources pages for our searches. We reviewed what an advertisement looked like when pulled up in a search, how to read annotations in search results, and how to search for and save images.
After helping the students download the free app and a brief tutorial on the features of the tool, we supported the students as they created their vocabulary collages for Electricity & Energy and for Native American Studies.
Check out the Pic Collages from Mrs. Abell's 3rd Grade Shark Studies.
Danielle Rivas's 3rd Grade Student Teacher, Katy Armstrong, used Weslandia as a starting point for students to create their own Dream Universes.
After creating them in 3D with paper, scissors, glue and markers, they used their iPads to take photos of them and then create a Pic Collage poster of them.