Jennifer Wagner of Jenuine Tech is always busy thinking about technology and creating amazing projects to enhance everyone's skills! The Shape of Things is her latest standards-based brainchild!
In this project students are asked to create collages, computer-generated art, or digital camera images using only triangles, circles, and squares. Students (assisted by teachers) will create one project (from the 3 options) and then upload their images to a CLASS PHOTO ALBUM at one of the suggested online photo storage locations.
Since we were completing our unit on Geometry, this was a perfect culminating activity for us!
This project inspired us to take on the ambitious task of creating a hardcover book online at Shutterfly.com. I was a bit concerned about the children being able to take digitals with the clarity needed for our work. I did NOT need to worry - they did an AMAZING job! We LOVED this project, and hope you enjoy our work as much as we did in creating it.
Here are the steps we followed:
- Step 1 - Discussion and Grouping
I introduced the project, explaining that we would be making a book to donate to the Library. Although the book would be for everyone, our target audience would be the incoming Kindergarteners, so our work would be limited to their "world." I also explained that they would be taking digital photographs to illustrate the book. Groups were chosen - triangles, circles, and squares.
- Step 2 - Shape Hunt
I enlisted the help of two terrific parents so that each group would have a leader. With clipboards in hand, the groups went out to search for their shapes in the Office, Library, First Floor Hallway, Lunchroom, and the Kindergarten Playground. Each found object was recorded.
- Step 3 - Choosing Shapes and Assigning Photographers
Groups met to choose the two best shapes in each location. Our criteria included:
Each object was then assigned a photographer.
- Must be obvious.
- Must be there at all times.
- Must be an object a kindergartener can find.
- Step 4 - Taking Photos and Creating Text
Our next step was to take out the digital cameras! Each student was asked to take two photos of their object, one of which was a close-up. After all the photos were taken, students worked to create a bit of text for each.
- Step 5 - Definitions
Each group then worked to write a simple definition of their shape.
- Step 6 - Upload, Slide Show, and Book
The final step was to upload all the photos to Shutterfly.com. A slideshow was created using Caption Borders, as well as our book Triangles, Circles, and Squares - Oh, My! You can view both below.
To view our slideshow
Slideshow of The Shape of Things at Peirce School
- Click on link.
- Click on View Pictures.
- Go to Select and click on ALL.
- Click on View as Slideshow.
To view our book
Slideshow of our book Triangles, Circles, and Squares - Oh, My!
- Click on link.
- Click on View Photo Book
- Click on Slideshow.
Resources by Jenuine Tech
Jennifer has put together some terrific worksheets and activities for this project. Be sure to check them out - they will work well with any Shapes or Geometry unit!
Shapes, Shapes Everywhere
A Second-Grade Geometry Unit Aligned with Mathematics Standards
Several excellent examples of related books, plus lots of ideas!
Storyplace Shapes - I Spy Shapes
Online activity especially for students - easy, but can be tricky!