The first example, students spent time discussing different types of patterns and the characteristics of that pattern. Students were then sent out to be detectives of nature and find real world examples of these patterns. Students took photos of patterns they found in a variety of environments around our school yard. After collecting this evidence, their information was compiled into a collage using 'Pic Kids'. Students chose the specific images and the best way to arrange them. The collage was then uploaded to the See Saw program so a label could be added and it would be shared with family members.
The second example shows third grade students documenting their evidence that our school forest is a community. First, we brainstormed as a class what community meant to them and the components of their classroom community. We put their ideas into three main categories: Characters (people), Actions (how we treat each other) and Equipment (stuff we use to help us learn). We then read the book 'Because of an Acorn' to generate ideas of what the people, actions and equipment might be in a forest. Students were then given iPads to take to the forest to document evidence of one or more of these categories. Back inside, students again created a collage of their best pictures, uploaded them to See Saw and added labels to describe and explain their finds.