My Grade 1 students have continued to work with Mrs. Caldwell’s Oak Lake Kindergarten class to learn about the Olympics. Many students have done research at home with their families and made guest blog posts sharing their findings. We have also done some research and posts together as a class. Students worked in small groups to build knowledge of the Olympic sports and recorded their new understandings using research organizers.
While we were on a Skype call discussing our project with the Kindergartens, students had the neat idea to send something to Olympic athletes. They suggested the ideas of sending pictures and messages, so we decided to make postcards with pictures on the front and messages on the back. We set criteria for our work so that we’d know what our goals were, then we got to work designing our postcards. The Kindergartens had used Autocollage before, so they thought it would work well for designing the front of our postcards. We used our art work photos to make cool collages. Then we had to design the back of our postcards to meet our criteria. We wanted: room to write, a spot for a stamp, space for an address and a QR code linked to this blog so people could find out more about our project!
Watching our collages come together in Autocollage was a lot of fun! Making room for everything on the back of our postcards was tricky, but we managed to make it work. We even had to do some problem solving and re-designing when Mrs. Caldwell pointed out that our original design had the QR code in the spot that the post office would use. We made changes and our final product looks great, we can’t wait for the printed postcards to arrive!