The second grade class from Mrs. Carter’s
room read the selection “Nature Spy” by Shelley Rotner and Ken
Kreisler from the Houghton Mifflin reading theme Nature
Detective. In this selection a young girl explores the outdoors
and in the process takes a very close look at nature. As she
observes objects and creatures such as a leaf and a frog she
notices the fine details in their appearance. (The leaf has fine
lines running throughout and the frog has golden eyes). The
class also enjoyed the book “Why Do Leaves Change Color?” by
As a follow up to these selections, Mrs.
Carter’s students explored nature and fall changes on the school
grounds and took digital photos of leaves and other objects.
Each object was photographed twice, once up close and next far
away. Mrs. Carter uploaded all of the photos to an
As a whole class activity, Mrs. Carter
presented all the photos using her Web-based newsletter. To
present to the whole group, she used the program AppleWorks, an
LCD projector and an iBook. A template was also integrated from
AppleWorks Draw. Within this template two photos were inserted
along with the use of a Venn diagram for recording comparisons.
Mrs. Carter modeled for students how to copy a photo from the
Web-based newsletter and paste it into AppleWorks. Once two
photos of up close and far away were inserted, comparisons were
made by students, the page was saved then printed and posted in
For their second project each student
chose a photo taken on their nature expedition and inserted it
into a Kidspiration template. Students looked carefully at the
photos and added their observations. Their completed projects
were printed, compiled into a class book, and posted on the
class web site.
Educational Software Used: Kidspiration,
AppleWorks (Draw), Web-based Newsletter Tool
Hardware Used: LCD projector, cart of
iBooks, digital cameras
Standard 2: Applies a wide range of strategies to comprehend,
interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts
2.4 Connects, compare and contrast information
Standard 14: Understands the nature of scientific knowledge and
2.1 Knows that learning can come from careful observations and
Literacy Standard 1: Basic Operations and Concepts
K-2 Benchmark: Uses input devices and output devices to
successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes and other
K-2 Benchmark: Uses developmentally appropriate multimedia
resources to support learning.
Literacy Standard 3: Technology Productivity
K-2 Benchmark: Uses technology resources for problem solving,
communication, illustration of thoughts ideas and stories.
Standard 5: Technology Research Tools
K-2 Benchmark: Uses technology resources (educational software,
Web environments) for problem solving, self-directed learning,
and extended learning activities.