I created a Flickr slideshow entitled Campus Shapes. The content of this slideshow aligns with standard 2.G.1 of both the Common Core State Standards and the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Framework. To meet this standard students must, “Recognize and draw shapes having specific attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.” To create this gallery, I walked around the campus of McDaniel College and photographed easily recognizable geometric shapes. Each image contains at least one of the shapes that second grade students must be able to recognize, and as the slideshow progresses the photos have multiple shapes for students to identify. This slideshow is a quick, and effective, way for students to identify shapes.
There are a couple of ways that I could use this slideshow in the classroom. It could be an effective introduction to the unit. Students could view the slideshow and identify the shapes that they see. This would introduce students to the content and serve as a pre-assessment so that I could gauge the student’s previous knowledge of the topic. This slideshow could also serve as a jumping off point for a class project. I could introduce the slideshow as pictures that I took around my school, and then have students take photos of geometric shapes around their school. Students could then create their own “Campus Shapes” slideshows on Flickr. A Flickr slideshow allows educators an opportunity to create a visually appealing presentation that can be crafted to adhere to a variety of curricular standards. It is also relatively easy to create a slideshow on Flickr, and this means that it could be used by students who are technologically unsophisticated. This means that Flickr has great potential as a tool in the elementary classroom.
My Flickr Slide Show can be found in the link in the first sentence, or at: