By this time of the school year I am in need of inspiration. Standardized state tests are coming up and spring break is still weeks away. So I asked the 3rd grade chair what skills I should be covering with the students the following week. I had read Brendan Wenzel’s book, They All Saw a Cat, to them the week before so the idea of “perspective” was on my mind. I wanted to introduce the students to another digital tool, so after brainstorming we decided we would do something about perspective and have the students use Padlet to record their response.
Photograph and Padlet
I found an intriguing photograph that I thought might inspire some interesting thoughts and could provide different storylines of what is going on. I googled, “What’s going on in this picture?” and found the New York Times’ website, “What’s Going on in this Picture?” https://goo.gl/G21vdd. I choose the photo by Danielle Zalcman, which shows some Native Americans on horseback facing a line of law enforcement officers. We don’t really know what is going on; you have to wait until a week after the photo is posted to find out the details.
I created a Padlet and arranged for the students to bring their tablets to the library. I projected this classic image to grab the students attention and explained perspective:
“Perspective: What are the points of view?” is one of the International Baccalaureate’s Key Concepts. Then I projected this photograph:
We asked the students to describe what they thought was going on. We reminded them to provide text evidence of their opinions and statements. This was also a good opportunity for the students to practice writing using their tablets, which is a component of the upcoming Georgia Milestones test.
Check out one classes’ responses to the photograph: https://goo.gl/dHrvxx
What Is On the Minds of Our Children (Real World Comes into the Library)
You can see what is on the mind of one our Latino’s students:
This post is also from a Latino student but she focuses on the caring/protective aspect of police work:
The students really enjoyed reading each others’ posts, too. Very successful use of technology, a IB/PYP concept and writing practice!