Create a unique bulletin board that will challenge your students' powers of observation.
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Challenge your students' powers of observation by creating a unique bulletin board. You can use a digital camera and printer to produce the required photos, or you can use a film/disposable camera; if you use a film camera, you will need to purchase double prints of the photos students take.
Have students take photos of one another's faces. If a child wears glasses, the child should not wear the glasses for this photo. You will want two photos of each child:
If you are using a digital camera, you can use your favorite photo-editing program to select a rectangle that contains only the eyes; you will print a copy of the whole face and another of the eye-section rectangle.Create the Bulletin Board Divide the bulletin board area you will use into two sections. Attach the headshots (numbered 1, 2, 3, 4) of students on one side of the bulletin board and the eye sections (labeled a, b, c, d) on the other side. Challenge students to match each headshot to its eye photo. You might post an answer key on the bulletin board, hidden beneath a sheet of paper.
If you are using a film camera, you will need to cut the duplicate photos in order to show only the students' eyes. Alternatively, if you teach older students, you could employ technology; have students scan the photos and then use a photo-shopping program to create an image of only the eyes.
If you teach younger students, you might brainstorm in advance a list of identifying characteristics they might look for -- for example, eye color, freckles or scars -- as they do the activity.
Just for fun -- you might sprinkle in among the photos some photos of Groucho-type eyeglasses with noses or glittery eye masks!
VaReane Heese, Springfield Elementary School in Springfield, Nebraska
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