Yesterday I began a new project with my 5th graders. I read Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and we discussed how the illustrations were made. Then I asked them to choose a setting at school they would like to photograph for their background--yes, someone wanted the bathroom--yes, my answer was no. I grouped students by the proximity of the locations they chose, gave them a digital camera & set them loose--pretty scary! The only guidance I gave was that they could not photograph people in their setting and that they had to be quiet and respectful as they walked through school. I left my para behind and sought out the different groups--because the students didn't know they would be grouped by location & I didn't allow for locations to be exactly duplicated the groups were not made up of best friends but just classmates. Everyone returned without insident--Yeah!!
Next week they will drop the photos into Pixie2 and cartoon figures on top--I will let you know how it goes over the next few weeks.