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WANTED: GOOD CHARACTERS!


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Keywords: Character Education, Digital Photography, Descriptive Words, posters
Subject(s): Social Skills, Technology, Writing, Photography, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, History
Grades 2 through 4
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: New Market Elementary School, Sophia, NC
Planned By: Betsey Beasley
Original Author: Betsey Dixon, Sophia
Step 1: Show the students some examples of some old wanted posters. Discuss the different elements of the posters, such as the WANTED sign, the reward, the picture of the person, and the descriptions.

Step 2: Explain to students that they will be recreting one of these, only this time, we are on the lookout for good characters! They will be including a picture of one of their classmates, a reward, and describing three good character traits of that person.

Step 3: Have the students choose a partner. This will be the person that they will create their WANTED poster about. Each student should have their own poster.

Step 4: Then, have each student come up with 3 descriptive words or sentences about their chosen classmate. This can be modified, depending on your students age levels and reading/writing abilities.

Step 5: In the computer lab, as a group, allow the students to begin creating their WANTED poster. (For the younger students, this may mean simply filling in a template that you, as the teacher, have created, using Microsoft Publisher or Microsoft PowerPoint. For older students, they may use such websites as www.glogster.com/edu for more indepth desktop publishing skills.)

Step 6: Students should make sure their poster has correct spelling and punctuation and save it.

Step 7: Allow the students to use the digital cameras to take a picture of their chosen classmate. Discuss with them the correct way to handle the camera, as well as the correct way to take the photo. Explain that these photos were not candid shots, but head shots of the individual so that their features could be seen easily.

Step 8: Help the students to open their posters back up, upload their photos and place them into their poster document. They should resize their photos to make sure that they fit into their page. (Students may want to add a border around their picture.)

Step 9: Finally students should check back over their WANTED poster to ensure it looks the way they want it to. They may then print the posters out. These may be hung in the hallways or in the classroom to show that your class has good character!
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson could be formatted for any type of activity using descriptive words. For example, students could create a WANTED poster for the main characters in books they read, using descriptive words for that character. They could create a WANTED poster describing their teachers. This type of activity could be changed to use in any curriculum.
Follow-Up
Have the students write a descriptive paragraph about their chosen classmate. Students could then could present their poster to the class while reading their paragraph. This could also be done using Voicethreads. The students could upload their poster and record themselves reading their descriptive paragraph. In using this, other students could make comments to their work.
Links: www.glogster.com/edu
Materials: Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot, Art Tools, Printers, Camera/Video Accessories, Memory Cards, Computer Accessories, Power, Keyboards, LCD Monitors, Mice, Flash/USB Drives, Slideshow, Clip Art, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 5 Olympus FE-4020, $129.99 each, total of $649.95
5 Kingston 4GB SD Memory Card, $17.00 each, total of $85.00