This is a overdue follow-up on my “Infographics Two Ways” post. Late last year I decided to eschew Canva in lieu of Google Drawings based on the success my students found in their Immigration Poster project. My first test was with the second grade and they did a bang up job creating non-fiction infographic posters in Drawings.
I worked closely with my school Librarian, Kate Byrnes, to help acquaint our second grade students to the infographic genre. She immersed them in National Geographic Kids magazines and books, primarily using animal focused examples. Kate also found the Discovery Kids “Find Out” site. This is a gem, and one that I hope stays free. I like how it takes advantage of the digital medium by incorporating video, sound, and other interactive features into the infographics. This could be an interesting way to push future projects.
Like the 5th grade Interview project, students started with a drawing template. They chose a format from the side bar and scaled it to fit their canvas. After selecting a format, I recommend that students delete the other formats. I found that the alignment guides get annoying if you keep the extra shapes on the side. All the “false positives” can get in the way of the important function of the guides.
Different classes approached the project in different ways. Mrs. Iasiello wanted to compare amphibians and reptiles so we created a wide format poster. This allowed students to pick two formats, for the left and right of the poster. Mrs. Chueng’s class featured mammals, so the students picked a single format using the vertical format. An element that I loved on Mrs. Chueng’s infographics were the hand drawn pictures of the mammals. Students used callouts in Google Drawing to label them. It was authentic and beautiful.
This project is a keeper and I can’t wait to see how it evolves this year. It provides a context to discuss audience, clarity, and creating a design that augments your information. Students had to be careful about image placement, scale, font choice, and color. Each student was successful and created something they made them proud. Maybe this year we can build in some of those interactive features found in DK Find Out. Let me know if you have any questions or if you use these templates!