March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was celebrated around the world with many people reading and rereading his wonderful books. There are many great websites about Dr. Seuss. We read some of his books in our class last week and will be reading some more this week. The first grade class across the hall has each child read and share with the class one of Dr. Seuss’ books. When I saw this infographic I thought what a great way to challenge my students as they read to find a favorite quote.
We would first spend time reading the quotes on the graphic and discuss why someone might collect quotes. What do the quotes mean? Have they every heard someone share a favorite quote? Why do we remember and use quotes?
Since we have been memorizing bible verses from the beginning of the year I would start with each student choosing a favorite verse. Then see if we could group them by themes or books of the Bible. At this point I would have the students work in small groups to take a photo or create a picture that would add to their group of verses. Then create a poster that would be our infographic.
The next challenge would be to find a quote they would like to remember. Each student will be given several sticky notes in their book box. When they find a quote, they can copy it to a sticky note along with the title of the book and their name. We will collect the sticky notes on a small whiteboard on the easel. At the end of a week or two we can create our own infographic of favorite quotes from favorite books. This might be an ongoing project that students can work on in small groups as they find quotes they like and share a theme with others or are by the same author.
What is an infographic or data visualization? From the visual.ly website
- visualizations that present complex information quickly and clearly
- visualizations that integrate words and graphics to reveal information, patterns or trends
- visualizations that are easier to understand than words alone
- visualizations that are beautiful and engaging
The infographics I want to create with my students would not involve data, or patterns or trends but would be an introduction to what can be created. I have been fascinated by the free technology that is available to help create data visualizations. Gap minder is particularly fascinating. I would love to hear if anyone has ideas for its use with elementary students. It seems more geared for secondary or at least upper elementary students.
At this point in time, helping students to see that we can present data and information in a variety of ways is the first step. Then helping the students to learn to read and interpret the data and information seems the next step. Learning to collect data and create an infographic would be the final step. I’m not sure at this time if that is a step that my elementary students are ready for. We have done some basic graphing and maybe it is something to consider in our graphing unit next year. Has anyone tried data visualization with lower elementary students?
I did find it fun to create an infographic of myself twitterized. Since I am still a newbie with twitter it was pretty much accurate.