Every year after we finish learning about pioneers and early Texans, we take our 2nd graders to Dallas Heritage Village. If you are from the Dallas area, this living museum use to be called Old City Park. Teachers, students, and families love this trip. We always have as many family members attending our field trips as students. This support makes a wonderful day even better! We usually go in the spring when the weather is at its best and let students and their families roam the park at their leisure. The park provides information, but this year we decided to do a Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Students and their family members sought out the suggested locations and took pictures. Most people used their cell phones. Some of the kids took the pictures themselves, but remember they are 2nd graders, so they mostly wanted to be in the photos.
After the field trip, family members sent the photos to teachers in an email. Teachers uploaded the photos to a file in our Google Drive. We shared the file with our students. Next we taught our students how to make a Google Slide Presentation. Students chose the photos they wanted to use and wrote about each picture. We gave them parameters, such as how many slides needed to be in each presentation. We wanted them to use correct capitalization, punctuating, and syntax. They knew we were going to make these presentations into E-Readers they would share with their families. Students shared their presentations with teachers, and we made some editing suggestions. In the end though, we accepted the work they presented. The kids loved making these E-Readers! They had no difficulty in working with Google Slides. Some of them did have a hard time deciding which photos to use. When they completed their presentations, we saved them as a PDF. We sent the PDF E-Reader to families in an email. We chose to do PDF E-Readers because they can be opened on any device.
The students learned so much about creating a slide presentation. They learned how to use the photos and write about them. We also made End of the Year Memory Book E-Readers, as well as, Life Cycle of Butterfly E-Readers.
Click on the links below to view a couple of sample E-Readers from this field trip.
If you have done something similar with your students please click on the comments and share your ideas!